One person was killed and another injured after a car and train accident occurred in Independence.

According to local police, the accident occurred as a Ford Escort drove around a train’s crossing gate just after 1 a.m. and was struck by a Union Pacific train. The collision caused the car to be pushed several hundred feet until the train engineer was able to get the train to stop.

The driver of the car was transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained and the female passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the car crash is still under investigation.

Our deepest condolences are with the friends and family of the victim at this time.