The driver of a car struck by an oncoming Amtrak passenger train escaped without injury Friday morning, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
The driver, identified as Ryan Wilson, 37, of Sublimity, was driving north on Duckflat Road Southeast when he attempted to cross the railroad tracks near Pearson Road Southeast. But somehow, the wheels of his 1994 Honda Accord got stuck in the gravel with the tail end of the car still extended into the path of any oncoming train.
As Wilson was attempting to maneuver the car out of the way, he heard a train whistle in the distance. He got out of the car and ran to a nearby residence for help. But before he was able to return to his vehicle, an Amtrak train had rammed its rear quarter, spinning it off the tracks.
The car received moderate damage. No one on board the train was injured, and any damage to the train was minimal. The train stopped and exchanged insurance information, and then continued on its route.
At the intersection, crossing signs are posted, but the crossing does not have swing arms or lights to warn drivers.
No citations were issued as a result of the crash.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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