“Three Dead in Tragic Train Crash Near Gervais, Oregon”

Three people were killed in a car accident near Gervais, Oregon when the driver attempted to cross railroad tracks and was hit by a Union Pacific freight train. The deceased have been identified as Catarino Hernandez Guzman, Francisco Lopez, and Jesus Carrera Avendano. The driver failed to obey the stop signs at the tracks, and there was no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement. Charles Gearing, Salem Statesman Journal reported

In a tragic incident near Gervais, Oregon, three individuals lost their lives on Wednesday night when the driver of the vehicle they were in attempted to cross a set of railroad tracks and was struck by a Union Pacific freight train. The Marion County Sheriff’s office confirmed the fatalities. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Don Parise, the collision occurred at 7 p.m. on NE Keene Road.

The victims have been identified as Catarino Hernandez Guzman, aged 31, Francisco Lopez, aged 33, and Jesus Carrera Avendano, aged 22. Additionally, a 26-year-old passenger was airlifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Investigations conducted by authorities revealed that the driver, Guzman, was operating a 2002 Honda traveling west on a farm access road when the vehicle attempted to cross the railroad tracks. There is no evidence of drugs or alcohol being involved in the incident, as stated by Parise.

Although stop signs were present at the railroad crossing, the driver failed to adhere to the traffic control device, leading to the collision.

For any inquiries, Charles Gearing can be contacted at cgearing@gannett.com or (708)262-7626.

Please note that this article was originally published in the Salem Statesman Journal under the title “Three dead in crash with freight train near Gervais, Oregon.”.