- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

AUGUSTA, Kan. (AP) - One person is dead after a minivan struck a freight train in Butler County about one quarter of a mile north of Southwest 150th Street near Augusta.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says crew members from a different train called law enforcement at 1:10 a.m. Sunday when they saw a vehicle on fire on the west track of the two Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks.

The sheriff says the driver failed to stop at the railroad crossing as the train went through, striking the train about 1,100 feet behind the lead engine.

Emergency responders extinguished the fire and found the victim inside. Herzet says the body has not been identified and will be sent to the Sedgwick County Regional Science Center for dental and DNA verification.

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