- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

MENTZ, N.Y. (AP) - State police have identified the driver who was killed when the van he was driving was hit by an Amtrak passenger train at a central New York rail crossing.

Investigators say 48-year-old Michael Mahunik was killed early Thursday when an eastbound train hit the van at a crossing in the Cayuga County town of Mentz, 25 miles west of Syracuse. Troopers say the Port Byron man was ejected from his vehicle in the crash.

Troopers say the crossing’s safety gates were down at the time but Mahunik went around them. Amtrak’s 280 train, part of the Empire Service, was headed from Buffalo to New York City when the incident occurred between stops in Rochester and Syracuse.

The train’s 61 passengers and three crew members weren’t injured.

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