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One person killed when train hits car near Camas

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One person was killed after a car was struck by a train near Camas Sunday night.

Vancouver police responded to the 19700 block of Southeast Evergreen Highway around 9 p.m. to a report of a train versus car collision.

Police officers said the car was hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train.

A security guard said she saw the car driving down the tracks. She assumed the car must have accessed the railroad through a private road because there is no public intersection in the area.

She said the car was about 3000 feet down the railway before it was hit by an oncoming train.

BNSF officials said the train involved was an empty grain train with two crewmen aboard. The crew tried to stop the train but there was not enough room on the track. 

Medical officials said the driver, the only occupant inside the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver’s identity has yet to be released. 

According to BNSF, an average freight train needs more than a mile to come to a stop once it has deployed emergency breaking.

BNSF is investigating the incident. Camas Fire, Vancouver Fire, BNSF Police and American Medical Response assisted Vancouver police with the effort. 

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