CHANNELVIEW, Texas - An investigation is now underway after one person was killed when an Amtrak train struck a vehicle in Channelview on Wednesday evening.
The crash occurred on Sheldon Road and Beaumont Highway.
Olivia Irvin, Public Relations Manager with Amtrack, said a vehicle was obstructing the train tracks and came into contact with Amtrack Sunset Limited Train 1 on its way from New Orleans to Los Angeles.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said preliminary information revealed that the railroad arms were activated.
Gonzalez said two cars were stopped at the crossing, when a third car went around the waiting cars and the railroad crossing arms, when the train struck the vehicle.
A passenger in the vehicle was ejected and dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was airlifted to the hospital by Life Flight.
Irvin said there were no injuries among the 45 passengers or crew members on the train.
Amtrak police are working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident, Irvin said.
The crash remains under investigation.