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Two people killed when train strikes pickup near Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, S.D. –  Two people died and another person was seriously injured Wednesday when a pickup collided with a train near Harrisburg.

Names of the four people involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was westbound on 274th Street, west of the intersection with 476th Avenue, when the driver did not yield at a railroad crossing. The pickup collided with a southbound BNSF train.

Two female passengers in the pickup, ages 45 and 12, were pronounced dead at the scene. The 44-year-old male driver sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.

The 43-year-old male operator of the train was not injured.

Seatbelt use of those involved is under investigation.

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