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MetroRail train collides with car; one dead

A Capital MetroRail train collided with a car Monday morning, injuring two children and killing the 32-year-old male driver.

The accident happened around 7:40am just north of the intersection of Oak Creek Drive and the MoPac Tollway frontage road, just north of MoPac and Parmer. Austin-Travis County EMS reported 124 passengers on the train with no injuries; 3 passengers were in the car, including two children. According to reports, the children were transported to Dell Children's Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Witnesses tell police the car stalled on the tracks; the train collided with the driver's side door. There is no word on the identity of the driver; although people living with the driver told KXAN News he was the single dad of the two boys. In addition to a self-storage facility, the private driveway leads to three homes.

The accident took place at a private crossing, which are not required to have crossing arms or lights and trains are not required to blow their horns. There are 13 such crossings along the MetroRail route.

MetroRail service is disrupted between the Kramer and Lakeline stations; buses will pick up passengers on the disrupted route.

The incident is the third accident involving MetroRail and the first fatality.

This is a breaking story and we will update with more information as it becomes available.

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04/30/2012 8:21AM
MetroRail train collides with car; one dead
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