GRANITEVILLE, S.C. — Five people were killed Nov. 10 when their car was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train, various news outlets reported.
The train, consisting of a locomotive and two cars was traveling 45 mph in a 49 mph zone, when it struck a Buick at the Ascauga Lake Road grade crossing in Graniteville, The Associated Press reported. The collision occurred at 8:15 a.m.
The, as identifies by The Associated Press are: Connie Bodie, 26; Tammy Wilson, 36; Nathaniel Hay, 21; Michael Mack, 39; all of Williston; and Monica Myers, 41, of Springfield. The news agency reported Bodie was the driver of the car.
According to authorities, citing witnesses, three cars were trying to beat the train; two of the cars were successful. After the collision, the train pushed the car about 200 yards.
The five people killed worked at a nearby mill.
There are no crossing gates at the crossing. However, there are flashing lights.