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I-35 frontage roads reopen near McNeil Road in Round Rock after SUV, train collide

Claire Osborn
Austin American-Statesman
An Amtrak worker stands at the scene of a fatal wreck where a train hit an SUV at McNeil Road at Interstate 35 in Round Rock on Wednesday.

The driver of a vehicle that collided with an Amtrak train on Wednesday morning in Round Rock has died, officials said.

She was identified as Peggy Carol Dreher, 76, of Round Rock, said Melanie Forcier, a police spokeswoman. Police closed the frontage roads at Interstate 35 and McNeil Road for more than four hours to investigate the incident, Forcier said. The roads were reopened at 3:45 p.m., she said. The cause of the accident is still being investigated, Forcier said. Dreher was driving an SUV, according to police.

There were no injuries on the train, which was carrying 46 passengers from San Antonio to Chicago, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

"Amtrak Train 22 was traveling from San Antonio to Chicago when at approximately 10:58 a.m. Central time, the train came into contact with a vehicle obstructing the tracks, approximately 18 miles north of Austin," Amtrak officials said in a news release. It said the train was delayed for about four hours.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, rail-crossing incidents are the second-leading cause of rail-related deaths in America, the release said. It said Amtrak works closely with to emphasize the dangers of being on railroad property or disregarding warnings at rail crossings.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

An investigator looks at an SUV that was smashed Wednesday in a collision with a train, killing the SUV's driver.