Two men and a boy were killed when a car was hit by a passenger train at a marked rail crossing at a rural area near Saskatoon.

It happened around 10 a.m. Sunday between the villages of Bradwell and Allan, about 50 kilometres southeast of the city.

RCMP said the victims — men aged 44 and 19 and a 16-year-old boy — were in a Pontiac Grand Prix heading south on a grid road when it was hit by a Via Rail train with 53 people on board. The three victims, members of the same family, died at the scene.

Officials said the family was on a fishing trip. Police believe the driver simply didn't see the train coming.

On Monday, debris littered the track.

RCMP Cpl. Clifton Dunn said it's one of the worst crash scenes he's seen in his career.

Other family members witnessed the crash, he said.

"It was definitely not a great thing for those folks to witness, that's for sure," he said.

The RCMP is investigating. The intersection is marked, but is not equipped with lights or arms.

Police haven't released names of the victims.