Two killed, several injured as Texas commuter train hits dump truck

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A Trinity Railway Express locomotive shows the damage from Saturday's collision with a dump truck.
KXAS-TV 5 via Twitter

FORT WORTH, Texas — Two people were killed and 11 required hospitalization after a Trinity Railway Express commuter train hit a dump truck on Saturday afternoon, causing the truck to explode.

The two people inside the truck were killed, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Those hospitalized included two listed on Saturday in critical condition, three in fair condition, and six in good condition. No update on their conditions were available Sunday. Another 30 people were treated and released at a site near the accident scene.

Arnell Tolliver, 49, of Dallas, and Charlene Alexander, 50, of Denton were killed in the collision, authorities said Sunday.

A spokesman for Dallas Area Rapid Transit told the newspaper that the truck drove through crossing gates before being hit by a westbound train. The locomotive was damaged and windows were blown out of the train’s two coaches. The train was removed from the scene Saturday night and, after an inspection of the track, normal commuter service was expected to resume today. TRE trains do not run on Sunday.

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