Train strikes car; man dies
VANCOUVER, Wash. — A BNSF train hit a vehicle on a track in Vancouver, Washington, killing the occupant. Vancouver police were called to the report of a train accident at about 9 p.m. Sunday. Police, fire and medical crews arrived, but the only person in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s name was not released, pending notification of family.
BNSF police are conducting the investigation. It was not immediately clear how the crash occurred. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the crash happened on the BNSF main line — the Columbia River Gorge route — where 30 to 35 trains run each day. An empty grain train out of Vancouver was heading east. About 4 miles west of Camas, it encountered a vehicle that was just on or slightly off a private crossing. Melonas said it appeared that a lone occupant was slouched over on the driver’s side. The train crew blew a whistle and applied the emergency brake but it struck the vehicle. The line was closed until 11:30 p.m. Sunday.