A crumbled Dodge pick-up truck landed in a ditch after a Union Pacific train slams into it.
It happened Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 79 and County Road 3304, just one mile south of Jacksonville.
Two passengers in the truck, a woman and small boy, were killed. Another small boy and a male passenger were flown by helicopter to hospitals in Tyler. DPS troopers say the pick-up crossed in front of the Longview bound train.
"By the time the pick-up hit the intersection, the train was there too," said Trooper James Fulton with the Department of Public Safety. "They hit him broadside and flipped him in the air."
A man, woman and two young boys, believed to be ages three and seven, were inside.
Although there were no crossing arms or flashing lights at this intersection, DPS troopers say the cause was the truck not yielding for the train. DPS troopers believe the train was traveling between 45 to 50 miles per hour when it hit the truck. The truck then flew from the intersection and landed 50 feet away.
The 7-year old boy and a man were flown from the site to Mother Frances Hospital and East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. A woman and another young boy were taken to ETMC-Jacksonville, where they were pronounced dead.
Union Pacific Railway workers arrived on the scene shortly thereafter.