Arizona train accident – 2 border patrol agents killed

A freight train vs. SUV crash that occurred 85 miles southwest of Phoenix has claimed the lives of two border patrol agents as they were trying to capture a group of suspected illegal immigrants, according to Fox News. The collision occurred on May 12 in a rural area near Interstate 8 and the town of Gila Bend.

The agents were reportedly positioning themselves North of some other agents when their SUV entered a railroad crossing and was struck by a Union Pacific train. The train was moving westbound out of Phoenix at 62 mph when the accident occurred. The SUV was pushed approximately 1/2 mile down the tracks.

The railroad crossing where the accident occurred is reportedly marked, but it does not have railroad crossing arms. There has also been six previous accidents (including one fatality) at that railroad crossing going back to 1984. The crossing is privately owned.

Click here to read the story as reported by USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.