Train catapults Whitman Co. vehicle, driver and passengers survive

Train catapults Whitman Co. vehicle, driver and passengers survive

Train catapults Whitman Co. vehicle, driver and passengers survive

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 8:27 PM

WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash.—Three people survived being catapulted by a train on Sunday when the Great Northwest railroad train smashed into their vehicle.

The driver, Caleb Bravard, admitted to authorities that he did not see the oncoming train along Granite Road.  The 23-year-old and his two passengers suffered only minor injuries when they were hit near Boyer Park.

Whitman County Deputies said Bravard’s Pontiac Grand Am was headed south toward Granite Road when it crossed the tracks. Bravard told authorities he noticed the train as he was crossing the tracks. The train engineer noticed the car and used the train whistle to warn Bravard. Deputies said the train hit the driver’s side of the Grand Am at about 40 miles per hour. The impact sent the car flying off of the track. The card rolled and landed on the driver’s side according to deputies.

The Great Northwest train, which was pulling 39 rail cars, came to a stop about 1,000 feet from the crash site.  Deputies said the conductor was not injured.

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