Driver hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after Camas train collision

Southeast Whitney Street remains closed; injured man not yet identified

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A man has been hospitalized with serious, life-threatening injuries after an early morning collision between a small truck and a BNSF Railway train in Camas.

First responders from the Camas and Washougal police departments and the Camas-Washougal Fire Departments arrived at a call for a vehicle versus train collision at the railway crossing on Southeast Whitney Street in Camas around 6:30 a.m. today.

Police say a 55-year-old man driving a small passenger truck was heading southbound on Southeast Whitney Street when his truck collided with a westbound BNSF train.

The driver of the truck was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center with serious injuries. There were no reported injuries to anyone aboard the BNSF train.

The cause of the crash is under investigation but Camas police said in a press release it “appears that all of the implemented safety equipment near the tracks was functioning at the time of the collision.”

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is assisting Camas police with this investigation.

Southeast Whitney Street has been closed since the collision and police said the road likely will be closed for several hours during the investigation.

The identity of the man injured in the collision has not yet been released.

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