BENTON COUNTY, Washington – A 28-year-old man is lucky to be alive after his vehicle was struck by a freight train early Monday morning.
According to a post on the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, deputies responded at around 4 a.m. to a remote area along the Columbia River.
Railroad employees reported hitting a vehicle that was on the tracks.
Benton County Fire District No. 1 Chief Lonnie Click told KTEL News the crash site was approximately 3 miles east of McNary Dam.
An investigation revealed a father and son were camped in a remote area, then the two got rained on Sunday night and the 28-year-old son got into his vehicle to get warmed up.
BCSO suspects the son had fallen asleep and the vehicle rolled down the hill and onto the railroad track.
The train struck the vehicle causing it to roll. The 28-year-old was airlifted to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland and is expected to survive his injuries.