Authorities have identified two people who died after their truck was struck by a train in Derby Sunday night.
The crash happened around 6:50 p.m. at the intersection of 63rd Street South and K-15.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff ‘s Department said 39-year-old Brian D. Gile and 38-year-old Natalia Reyneros were inside when the truck drove through the crossing arm and was struck by the train.
As for the reason why they truck drove through the crossing that is still being determined.
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On Monday, KSN spoke with several people who live and work nearby. Many said they see people driving through the cross arms everyday.
Pat Kuhn, co-owner of the Big Tool Store next to the tracks, said the traffic at K-15 and 63rd Street South has become more congested lately leading to longer lines of traffic at the crossing.
“Every once and awhile you’ll see a lot of people gun on through, and it’s like a lot of people are running the lights,” said Kuhn
One woman, who lives close to the crossing, said she uses extra caution after losing someone she knew in a railroad crossing crash.
“One of our neighbors got killed there, and they put arms there, so I know how important it is to wait,” said Debra Michael, lives nearby.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office warns drivers about the risks of trying to beat the train.
“If it’s a train and the arms are down, do not drive around the arms because as we saw in this case, it can lead to a double fatality,” said Lt. Tim Myers, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.
And those near the crossing agree, it is simply not worth it.
“Just wait the five and ten minutes, it’s really not that long. It’s certainly not worth losing your life and your family and friend,” said Kuhn.