Three dads have been killed and a fourth is clinging to life after a Jeep they were travelling in was struck by a train.
Kevin Corbin, 40, Troy Hamlin, 40, and Brent Moroney, 37, all left behind wives and children following the crash in Stilwell, in the US state of Kansas, about around 6.37pm on Saturday (local time).
A close friend of Mr Moroney, Matthew Smith, shared his heartbreak in a post to Facebook after the crash, explaining how the four friends had gone to look at a property early on Saturday evening.
“The property they were touring had train tracks on it that I can only assume they thought were inactive,” he wrote.
“It’s believed they crossed the tracks once to get to one side of the property and when they crossed the tracks a second time they were blindsided by an oncoming train.”
Mr Smith described Mr Moroney as his “best friend in this world” and said he would miss him dearly.
“He touched countless lives through his kindness and ability to know no stranger. He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother and friend to many, and his family is hurting very badly right now,” he wrote.
Families of the three men have established GoFundMe accounts to support them in the costs of memorial expenses and to help fund the futures of the children they left behind.
Police arrived to find two of the men dead inside the car after the crash, with another later dying in hospital and the fourth remaining in a critical condition, according to the Kansas City Star.
The owner of the property Bob Kenney, 69, described the incident as “terrible” and said he didn’t know any of the men involved in the crash, the publication reported.
He added that it was not uncommon for unauthorised visitors to pass through his property using the gravel road despite there being signs stating that it was private land.
There were no lights or signals indicating the frequent passage of trains, which Mr Kenney said would pass through as often as every hour.
The incident remains under investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation team.
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