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Two Granger residents killed at railroad crossing

GRANGER - A fiery crash at a railroad crossing claimed the lives of two Granger residents Tuesday evening.

The State Patrol reported that Juan Briseno Pena, 67, was driving a 1998 Nissan Frontier pick-up truck at about 6:25 p.m. when he approached a railroad crossing at S. Track Road along SR 223 near Granger.

Lights were flashing and crossing arms were down to indicate an approaching train. However, he drove around a car stopped at the crossing and around the crossing arms. His vehicle was struck by the passing train.

The pick-up truck burst into flames upon impact and carried it 30 yards east of the crossing. Both Briseno Pena and his passenger, his sister Maria Socorro Castillon Briseno, 57, died at the scene.

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