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1 Dead, 2 Hurt When Train Hits Taxi at New York Crossing

A 50-year-old woman in the back of the cab was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene

Authorities are investigating a collision between a freight train and taxi that killed a passenger in the cab and left two other people injured. 

A southbound CSX train crashed into the cab at the Doyles Lane crossing in Ulster County's Saugerties around 11:45 a.m. Thursday, the rail company said. 

Fifty-year-old Bertha Whispell, who was sitting in the back seat of the cab, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. A 52-year-old man riding with her and the 43-year-old man driving the cab were treated at Kingston hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

The freight train, which had two locomotives and no cars, was making local deliveries to customers between Kingston and Selkirk at the time of the accident, the railway company said. No one one the train was hurt.

Photos show a mangled blue car with nearly all of its windows blown out. The car's front right door hung on its hinges as firefighters probed the vehicle. Much of the side was mangled, as was the rear window and trunk. 

The crossing has no gates or warning lights. 

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