AMBRIDGE, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a man and woman were struck and killed by a train while trying to cross the tracks.

Officials in Beaver County said the two, identified as 48-year-old Kolene McCoy-Graham and 49-year-old Scott Meckling, were hit by an Amtrak passenger train near the sewage treatment plant in Ambridge at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police chief James Mann said the two came from the Ohio River side of the tracks and tried to cross but went in front of the train and were struck.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Beaver County Times the pair were boyfriend and girlfriend. McCoy-Graham was from Aurora, Colorado and Meckling was from Ambridge.

“It was a horrific accident,” Mann said. “The engineer saw them and he said as the train got closer they began to step up their pace.”

The accident didn’t happen at a crossing.

Join The Conversation On The KDKA Facebook Page
Stay Up To Date, Follow KDKA On Twitter

The train was heading from Washington, D.C., to Chicago carrying 215 passengers. It was stopped for two hours. Mann said Amtrak police are handling the investigation.

(TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)