A Sunday afternoon drive turned tragic for an Onton couple in Slaughters when their vehicle crossed the path of an oncoming train.

Law enforcement say that when James King, 89, and Carolyn King, 78, approached the railroad crossing, the lights were flashing and the caution rail was down.

At the time, a southbound train had stopped on the siding behind the former Southern States facility on US 41 to allow a northbound train to pass on the main line.

Eyewitnesses stated that it appeared King must have thought the stopped train had triggered the crossing signal because he drove around the first guard and across the tracks.

As his vehicle crossed the second set of tracks, it was struck by the second train and thrown off the tracks. Both passengers were killed on impact.

The train's onboard video revealed that both crossing gates were

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down and the train horn sounded three times prior to King's vehicle attempting to cross the tracks.

After impact, the train traveled approximately one half mile before coming to a stop.

Webster County Sheriff's Department handled the accident scene. They were assisted by the Kentucky State Police, the Hanson Fire Department and the Sebree Police Department.

One officer on the scene kept repeating the same thing, "People need to remember, if the arms are down, don't go around."

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