1 Dead After Van Hit by Denver’s Airport Train at Crossing

February 14, 2017 Updated: February 14, 2017

AURORA, Colo.—One person is dead after being hit by Denver’s airport train at a railroad crossing.

The crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in Aurora as the train was making its way to the airport.

Aurora Police Sgt. Chris Amsler says a van drove onto the tracks as an off-duty police officer guarding the intersection tried to stop it.

The driver was killed. Four passengers on the train suffered minor injuries.

Amsler says it’s not clear if the crossing gates were closing when the van entered the intersection, but they did close at some point.

The crossing gates are automated, but their original software wasn’t designed to allow for potential delays or arrivals. Police officers and flaggers have been posted at railroad crossings as a temporary solution since the train opened nearly a year ago.