This is exactly why you should NOT ignore the flashing lights and crossing gates when a train is approaching.

This happened in Houston, Texas last week, where an SUV tried to beat a train.  Of course, as you would suspect, the train was much faster than the SUV.  The train smashed into the SUV, and miraculously, everyone in the SUV, two adults and two kids, all survived. Fortunately, no one on the train was hurt.

The driver of the SUV was ticketed for running a red light and driving around the crossing gates.  You can check out the video here: