2 dead, 3 hurt in Mississippi train, van crash

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RED BANKS, Miss. (AP) - A freight train struck a van at a crossing in northwest Mississippi, leaving two people dead and three others critically injured.

BNSF Railway spokesman Joe Faust said his company's train hit the van Tuesday afternoon in Red Banks, about 40 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee.

The county coroner said that the two people who died were ejected from the van. Faust said the others were taken by helicopter to a hospital. No names have been released.

Federal Railroad Administration records show no crashes at the crossing in recent years. Records show 10 trains a day travel down the track, reaching speeds as fast at 60 mph.

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