A five-year-old boy from California was killed after a train collided with the truck that he and his family were waiting for to visit the famous Christmas lights show.
Twinkling lights, holiday music and wooden reindeer welcomed families Tuesday night on Christmas Tree Street in Fresno, California. But the joy of opening night turned into a pain for one family when an Amtrak train collided with their pickup truck, killing 5-year-old Anton Solorio.
Three other family members were transferred to a nearby medical center with minor injuries
Graciela Galindo was also waiting in traffic when she heard train horns then – big impact.
She said, “When I was in the light, I was like, ‘Someone is going to hit the tracks, and for sure I heard the train and then the boom.”
Investigators believe the family’s minivan somehow got stuck on the train tracks.
Traffic lining up to enter Christmas Tree Street, just feet from the railroad crossing, was backed by blocks. Crowding is a known issue to those who visit the holiday show every year, and some say it was a recipe for disaster.