Man hospitalized in Douglas County after car collides with train

Douglas County Fire District No. 2 was dispatched to a report of a car vs. train in the 3200 block of Old Highway 99 South, Oct. 15, 2018. (DCFD2 photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Just after 1 p.m. Monday, Douglas County Fire District No. 2 was dispatched to a report of a car vs. train crash in the 3200 block of Old Highway 99 South.

The first arriving crew reported the train had stopped but the car was on the west side of the tracks, making it difficult for crews to access the vehicle.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office said 81-year-old Roseburg resident Earl Jensen was exiting a driveway and stopped on the railroad tracks in his 2015 Ford Taurus.

"He did not observe the northbound Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad train that was approaching," DCSO said. "Unable to stop, the train struck Jensen's vehicle, which caused the vehicle to be pushed forward several feet into a tree."

The train was traveling north and the conductor applied the brakes immediately after hearing the collision occur.

Fire crews made access to the vehicle by crawling under the train and found the driver was the only occupant and appeared to have only minor injuries, fire officials said.

Crew members worked together to access and stabilize the patient on a long back board, the report said.

Once stabilized, they moved him under the train to an awaiting ambulance where he was transported to Mercy Medical Center for further evaluation. Jensen suffered minor injuries, the sheriff's office said.


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