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Freight train hits minivan near Castle Rock, no injuries reported

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CASTLE ROCK, WA (KPTV) -

A driver was not injured Wednesday afternoon after a freight train crashed into his minivan near Castle Rock.

The crash happened at the Horseshoe Bend Estates crossing at around 6:20 a.m.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office said William Barnell, 82, was northbound on Pleasant Hill Road in a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country minivan and made a left turn onto Horseshoe Bend Estates. He did not stop at the stop sign before crossing the double set of tracks and was struck by a northbound Union Pacific Freight train.

Barnell was not injured and refused medical aid at the scene. The van is considered a total loss.

The sheriff's office said two crew members were on the train and were not injured. 

The engineer told the sheriff's office they were traveling 49 miles per hour in the 50 miles per hour zone. When crews saw Barnell's van, they sounded the horn and activated the emergency brakes.

The train was not disabled and there were no signs of damage to the tracks, according to the sheriff's office.

Barnell was issued an infraction for failure to stop at a stop sign.

BNSF officers responded to the scene to investigate.

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