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Elderly man killed at train crossing in Ephrata

TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012, 11:05 A.M.

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — The driver of a vehicle was killed in a collision with a train at a gated crossing Tuesday morning in Ephrata.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN’-us) says officials are investigating how the vehicle ended up on the tracks at a crossing with gates, flashers and bells.

The vehicle was hit about 9 a.m. by a westbound freight train. Melonas says no members of the train crew were injured. There was some damage to the lead locomotive. The accident delayed five other trains on the BNSF line until late morning.

The Grant County sheriff’s office says the driver was a man in his 80s.


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