Deputies are continuing to investigate what caused a vehicle to collide with an Amtrak train earlier this evening. The Sheriff's Office has learned that the Amtrak train was southbound from Seattle heading to Eugene with 48 passengers.
The area of the collision is a private driveway in 18000 block of Highway 99 E directly west of Blackberry Lane NE near Hubbard. The track speed for the area is 79 miles per hour. One passenger was transported from the train with minor injuries to a local hospital.
Deputies will be on scene for the next couple of hours and the train has continued on to its destination. The Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release any information about the driver of the vehicle until family of the deceased can be contacted and notified. That time frame is not yet known.
Tonight around 7:11 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the area of Balckberry Lane NE and Highway 99 E near Hubbard after a vehicle and an Amtrak train collided.
Blackberry Lane is a private lane that intersects with the train tracks and is controlled by a stop sign. It appears the motorists was attempting to cross the tracks when it collided with the train. Tragically the lone occupant and driver of the vehicle was killed in the collision. Medical personnel are on scene and checking the occupants of the train for any injuries.
Deputies will be on scene for the next several hours investigating what lead up to the collision. Traffic on Highway 99 E is not currently affected by the collision or the investigation. There is currently no further details available. An additional release will follow however that timeframe is not yet known.