MABTON, Wash. -- A car slams into a train, leaving one man dead near Mabton. Troopers believe that the 67-year-old Yakima man was heading north on Highway 241 after just passing over Highway 22.
They say the railroad lights were on and the train sounded an alarm but the driver just didn't stop. His subaru struck the front of the train on the driver side of the car.The car hit the train and spun off it hitting a nearby railroad equipment shed.
The man died at the scene. Troopers say they see this once or twice a year and usually it is very preventable.
Trooper Matt Couchman says, "It is sad for the individual and the family. The couple of seconds you wait for the train to go by is better than being hit."
Troopers and Mabton police are not identifying the suspect until they have notified his next of kin. They say the man was the only one in the car and they do not believe alcohol was involved. They encourage people to be patient and cautious when approaching a railroad intersection and that the couple minutes they wait is well worth it if it saves their life.