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Warrensburg train accident injures grandmother, granddaughter

Updated: 2013-07-22T12:16:31Z

By KAREN DILLON

The Kansas City Star

A grandmother and her granddaughter were in serious condition Sunday evening after an Amtrak train struck the SUV they were riding in at a railroad crossing in Warrensburg.

The grandmother, 43, was driving east on Mitchell Street about 5:20 p.m. when her 2005 Ford Escape was hit by the northbound train, said Corporal Dustin Mayden of the Warrensburg Police Department.

The SUV rolled several times. A train conductor and an “unidentified Samaritan” pulled the 3-year-old granddaughter from the vehicle, Mayden said. Both the girl and the woman were taken to a Warrensberg hospital. The girl was then airlifted to Children’s Mercy Hospital, and the woman was airlifted to Truman Medical Center.

Authorities are withholding the victims’ names pending notification of relatives. The SUV was totaled, authorities said. The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating and will determine if the crossing arms were working properly, Mayden said.

To reach Karen Dillon, call 816-234-4430 or send email to kdillon@kcstar.com.

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