MOBILE, Ala. (March 3, 2013)--) - Authorities say three people believed to be transients were crushed to death early Tuesday by steel beams inside a train car and a fourth was taken to a hospital with injuries, authorities in Mobile, Ala., said.
Mobile Fire Rescue employee Steve Huffman said the three people were killed when a load in a rail car shifted shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday at the CSX rail yard in Mobile.
Huffman told WKRG-TV that authorities believe the people were transients who were sleeping in the railcar at the time.
He said they were crushed when the load of beams shifted.
The injured person was taken to University of South Alabama Medical Center.
WALA-TV reported that crews were moving the railcar when the accident happened.
No CSX employees were hurt.
Mobile police and Port Authority police are investigating the deaths.