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Family, friends remember railroad crossing crash victims

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Amanda Newton and Martha Newton (Source: Facebook) Amanda Newton and Martha Newton (Source: Facebook)

Two people are dead and two others are in the hospital after after a train slammed into the SUV they were in on Sunday. 

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said a Savannah woman went around the railroad traffic arms at the railroad crossing in the 200 block of Gulfstream Road.

CSX officials say the train had two locomotives and 43 railcars. It was an train carrying freight travelling from Fairburn, GA, to Savannah.

CSX officials say there simply wasn't enough time to stop the train before it hit Newton's car. Martha Newton and her daughter Amanda were killed instantly. Two other passengers Vanessa and A-Mirackle were thrown from the SUV and sent to the hospital. There were no injuries to the train crew.

On Monday, CFX officials released this statement: "Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family and friends of those involved in the accident."

Neighbors say Martha worked at a nursing home as a nurse and used to work for Maxim Health Care Services. Her daughter Amanda worked as a hair stylist in Atlanta.

Neighbors say the group of women were getting A-Mirackle ready for her first day of school before the accident happened. The condition of the survivors is not yet known.

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.'s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash.

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