Three people were injured Saturday, one critically, when the van they were traveling in struck a train in east Bakersfield, according to a press release from the Bakersfield Police Department.

Officers were sent to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Wilkins Street at 9:45 p.m. after receiving a report of the accident, which involved a San Joaquin Valley Railroad train and a white panel van.

According to authorities, the man driving the van failed to yield at a train crossing equipped with illuminated safety gates. The van he was driving slammed into train cars blocking the intersection. Police did not specify in the news release whether the train was moving or was stationary.

The driver of the van was pinned inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters. He was listed in critical condition at a local hospital. A man who was a passenger in the van suffered minor injuries. And another passenger, a female minor, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital where she was listed in stable condition.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the BPD at 327-7111.

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