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Man arrested after train smashes van in Brooks

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BROOKS, OR (KPTV) -

Marion County Deputies arrested a man accused of leaving a van on the train tracks in Brooks.

A train hit the red 1993 Plymouth Voyager before 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday near Tacoma Street Northeast and 52nd Avenue Northeast.

Deputies say the suspect left the van on the tracks about 300 feet from the crossing.

Train operators reported seeing the van, but they weren't able to stop the train in time.

Investigators say all the crossing signals, safety lights and bells were working at the time of the crash.

They found a man with a duffel bag wandering near the crash about a half hour after arriving on scene. He was identified as 29-year-old Christopher Richard Vining, of Salem.

Deputies say Vining admitted to leaving the van on the train tracks. He reportedly told officers that the van stalled on the tracks and that he was unable to restart it.

Vining was unable to explain why the car was stopped so far from the train crossing, according to investigators.

Investigators searched the scene once they had daylight, and they discovered a medium-length brown wig, a fake hand gun and a pair of women's panty hose, according to deputies.

Deputies say Vining was wanted on a felony warrant in Lincoln County charging him with identity theft, forgery, three counts of computer crimes and fraudulent use of a credit card.

They arrested Vining on a charge of obstructing a railroad crossing, and then booked him into the Marion County Jail.

Investigators notified the FBI and local law enforcement about Vining's arrest. They are working to determine if Vining is involved in other crimes.

Vining is a white male, six feet tall, with a shaved head and a slight mustache.

Anyone with information about Vining or his activities is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office tip line at (503) 588-5112 or their Dispatch number at (503) 588-5032.

 

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