Train strikes car; man dies

The Daily Herald - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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