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Amtrak train hits van in Davis; one dead

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DAVIS, OK -- Amtrak's Heartland Flyer passenger train collided with an Oklahoma Blood Institute van at a crossing just north of downtown Davis on Friday night.

The driver of the van was killed by the impact. The vehicle was dragged for about a mile as the train slowed to a halt.

"Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our valued Oklahoma Blood Institute employee," said Heather Browne, a spokesperson for the organization late Friday. "At this time we don't have any additional information."

The victim's family asked the police department not to release the name, but we have learned that it was a well-known person in the Texoma medical community.

An Amtrak spokesman said there were 95 passengers aboard and no one was injured.

The accident happened around 8 p.m. as Amtrak train #822 was northbound to its destination of Oklahoma City, where it had been scheduled to arrive at 9:27 p.m. 

"Right now we are just trying to put all of the pieces together, to see exactly what happened," said Davis police Chief Dan Cooper. "We do know that the crossing arms were working at the time "

The Heartland Flyer makes one round-trip daily between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.

We'll update this story with more information as it becomes available.