Driver killed when Amtrak train hits car in Topeka

TOPEKA – Authorities say a person was killed after driving into the path of an Amtrak train in Topeka.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the collision happened early Friday when the motorist drove around a crossing gate.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release that the train then hit the motorist’s car.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer says a coroner is working to identity the body.

No one on the train was injured. The crash is under investigation.