The Canadian Press

SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX, Ontario: Two women have died after a passenger train collided with a car just east of Chatham, Ont.

Via Rail says one of its passenger trains was travelling from Windsor to Toronto when it crashed into a car at a rail crossing on Melbourne Road shortly before 11 a.m. Monday.

Ontario Provincial Police say the 39-year-old driver and her 37-year-old female passenger _ both from Strathroy, Ont. _ were killed, while one Via passenger suffered minor injuries.

The Transportation Safety Board is now probing the collision, which police say took place at a clearly marked crossing under normal weather conditions.

Via Rail says no other trains have been impacted by the collision.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash, which caused extensive front-end damage to the train and flung the car about 200 metres from the point of impact.

OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor says the investigation is still in its early stages.

“It’s just one of these situations where we’re all left wondering, ‘How did this happen and why did it happen,”’ Rektor said in a telephone interview. “Hopefully we’ll find those answers. Right now unfortunately, we have more questions than answers.