Once the fire was extinguished by the Brentwood Fire Department they discovered “two individuals in the wreckage pretty much burnt beyond recognition.” The car owner has been identified but because of the condition of the bodies it will take some time before the victims can be identified. The engineer and one other crew member aboard the train were not injured.
At this point there is only speculation as to why the car did not heed the crossing gates, and though this type of incident is uncommon, Arenas concedes that these scenarios happen. “The railroad is an open system in that everybody has access to right of way. Some of them are behind a fence, some are not,” Arenas explained. “People are intent on doing crazy things.”