Train pins SUV that evaded barrier arms

Last updated 11:12 03/04/2014
Houston Metro Police

Dramatic video footage shows an SUV being hit by a passenger train after the driver went around barrier arms at a crossing.

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Police have released dramatic video footage showing an SUV being struck by a passenger train in the US after the driver went around crossing gates.

The light-rail train in Houston then dragged the vehicle before finally coming to a stop. Two adults and two children in the SUV were transported for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening.

The accident happened last week.

The Metro Transit Authority of Harris County released video footage this week showing the SUV drive around the gates, then slow for other motorists travelling along a road parallel to the tracks. The train struck the SUV broadside on the passenger side.

It was left a mangled wreck, partially pinned under the front of the train.

Police say the driver, Raunel Arreola-Moreno, will be cited for running a red light and other infractions.

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