At a rural train crossing outside of Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, the unthinkable happened. A fully loaded freight train traveling at a reported speed of 43 miles per hour struck a car crossing the tracks at a spot where there are no gates or barriers to stop approaching automobiles.
And it just so happened that a couple of train enthusiasts were on the scene catching the oncoming train on camera just as it struck the car, leaving two teenagers dead and two others in critical condition.
According to a report in The Daily Mail, all four boys in the car were high school students.
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Eyewitnesses to the tragic accident said that the train was blowing its horn for several seconds prior to reaching the crossing, hitting the car, and dragging it about half a mile down the tracks before the train, with some 100 rail cars, could stop.
“Crossing signals going off, they’re ringing still and train’s blowing the horn and right before it gets to the crossing, you see the car pull up and ‘boom’ – this loud impact hits right in the center of the car,” Logan Bennett, who was filming, told WHAS. “You hear screeching, glass breaking and it was the most devastating thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
By clicking on the video above, you can see what the trainspotters saw as they captured the heartbreaking incident on camera.