Woman drives into side of freight train, distracted by loud music, loose dog

Photo from Benton County Sheriff's Office

PROSSER, Wash. - A woman drove her car straight into the side of a moving freight train Friday morning near Prosser while distracted by loud music and a loose dog, police said.

Deputies and medics responded to the scene, near North Wilgus Road and West Johnson Road, at about 8:15 a.m. after receiving a report of a vehicle-train collision, said Sgt. Bob Brockman of the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Arriving deputies found a heavily damaged 2008 Chevy Malibu at the scene. The driver, a 19-year-old woman, did not have any significant injuries.

A preliminary investigation found that the woman drove past red-and-white yield signs and plowed into the side of a freight train that was heading west across Wilgus Road at slow speed. The car hit the train's first locomotive, which sustained minor damage.

The investigation also found that the woman was distracted by loud music and a loose dog jumping around in the car, Brockman said. She was cited for failure to yield right of way.

The dog was OK after the crash.