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Two dead, two injured after train collides with SUV

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Two women were killed and a woman and teen were injured when the SUV they were in drove around railroad barriers and into the path of a freight train today on the 200 block of Gulfstream Road.

Martha Newton, 57, of Savannah, driver of the SUV, and Amanda Newton, 34, of Atlanta, were declared dead on scene at 1:49 p.m. 

Vanessa Newton, 35, of Atlanta was airlifted from the scene by helicopter and A-Mirackle Newton, 14, of Atlanta, was transported by ambulance. A-Mirackle Newton was listed in serious condition and Vanessa Newton was in critical condition at Memorial University Medical Center.

The white SUV was traveling north on Gulfstream Road when Martha Newton disregarded the flashing lights and drove around the traffic arms at the railroad crossing into the path of the train. All occupants except the driver were ejected from the vehicle.

"She proceeded into the intersection. She tried to go around the front gate, but the train couldn't have possibly seen here coming," said Laura Lee Bocade.

Bocade was sitting in her car, two cars behind the white SUV.

"I could hear it, it was blowing it's horn," she said. "She went through the front gate and the train slammed into her at full speed. The car flew into the air."

Garden City, Port Wentworth, Savannah, and Southside Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene.

The Major Accident Investigation Team of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department continues to investigate.

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