A COLLISSION between an Amtrak passenger train and a car has left three people dead and one seriously injured.

The incident happened in North Charleston, South Carolina early Saturday morning, Independent UK reports.

The North Charleston Fire Department said in a statement that the vehicle was found heavily damaged when police arrived at the Remount Road railroad crossing at about 2:30am on Saturday.

Three people who had been traveling in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

A fourth person was taken to a local hospital.

There were 500 passengers on the train, but no reported injuries, the statement said.

The Amtrak train was able to make a controlled emergency stop after the collision.

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Damage to the train is being assessed by Amtrak representatives.

Amtrak is a passenger railroad service that provides medium and long-distance inter-city rail service in the contiguous United States and to nine cities in Canada.

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