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Vannessa Henriquez, 30, and Saidy Henriquez, 3, dead after SUV trapped in traffic is struck by Amtrak train in San Leandro, California
SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) — A mother and her child died Tuesday after an Amtrak train collided with their SUV in the San Francisco Bay Area, authorities said. Television news footage of the early afternoon crash in San Leandro showed the front of the SUV crushed beneath the train.
The SUV was caught on the tracks with no way to escape. "It appears that the vehicle that was struck today was trapped in traffic. It was stuck there prior to the railroad arms going down and was unable to get off the tracks safely before it was impacted at a high rate of speed by the Amtrak train," San Leandro Police Department Lt. Bob McManus said.
Roadwork cones marked the area along Washington Avenue on Tuesday, and there was congestion where Vanessa Henriquez stopped her Toyota RAV-4 on the railroad tracks just moments before the train barreled into the vehicle, killing her and her 3-year-old daughter Saidy.