POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Two girls were struck and killed by an Amtrak train while playing a game called 'Ghost Train.'
The accident happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at a railroad crossing near Poplar Bluff in southeast Missouri.
Authorities say five teens were in a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee on the tracks as an Amtrak train approached a crossing.
Authorities say the teenagers were playing a game called "Ghost Train," in which a car is parked on the tracks purportedly awaiting a "ghost train" that wrecked many years ago.
During the game, players let the windows fog up to intensify the eerie setting.
And, if a real train approaches, they drive off.
Family members say the girls had played the game many times before.
But this time, the Jeep wouldn't start.
Three of the girls managed to get out of the Jeep in time.
But 2 of the girls, 15-year-old Victoria Swanson and 17-year-old Haley Whitmer, apparently panicked and couldn't get their seatbelts unfastened.
The driver of the car, Kaitlyn Fowler, went back to help and was also struck.
She remains hospitalized in critical condition.