MARCH 10, 2004 - Posted at 7:22 a.m. CDT
BERNIE, MO - Authorities say two people are dead and a third is critically injured when a freight train hit their pickup truck in the southeast Missouri town of Bernie.
Officials are not yet releasing the victims' names, pending the notification of relatives.
Authorities say the crash happened shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday when the eastbound pickup truck apparently tried to swerve around the lowered railroad crossing gate and was hit by the train.
Two of the pickup truck's occupants died at the scene. The third person was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital and was listed in critical condition.