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3 killed after car struck by train

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TOCCOA, GA (FOX Carolina) -

Georgia state police told FOX Carolina that three people are dead after a passenger train crashed into a car two miles south of Toccoa at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

An Amtrak spokesperson said the 20 train was heading from New Orleans to New York City with 169 passengers onboard. They tell us no passengers were injured. 

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said the train hit the car while traveling around 60 miles an hour. He said it pushed the car down the tracks about 100 yards, until the car rolled down a steep embankment and erupted in flames.

Shirley said two women and a man were killed. He said two people were ejected from the vehicle and were found dead at the scene. The third person, we're told, was trapped inside the car and died in the fire.

Shirley says, due to the extent of bodily damage, investigators are having to try to identify two of the victims by dental and medical records. He says it may be Monday before the bodies are identified.

Investigators say there is no evidence that any of the victims were students at Toccoa Falls College.

We're told Amtrak and Norfolk Southern railways are still investigating the crash.

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