Two people were injured Tuesday when an Amtrak train hit a car on Sterling Avenue in Independence.
The accident happened shortly after 2:20 p.m. where Sterling crosses the Union Pacific tracks, just north of Winner Road.
Police said the car was southbound on Sterling and had two occupants, both of whom were alive when first responders arrived. Police had no update on their condition as of late Tuesday afternoon. The crash remains under investigation, though one eyewitness account on social media reported the driver had tried to go around the gates.
The train, the Missouri River Runner, was westbound and had been on time for its 2:20 p.m. stop at the Truman Depot, about a mile to the east. It is not known how many passengers the train had on board or how fast the train was going.
The train blocked railroad traffic crossings at Sterling and Harvard avenues until about 4:40 p.m., police said, as the Union Pacific had to inspect the tracks before the train could be moved.