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Minor Injury Car vs Train Crash in Crook County
January 7, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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A Prineville-area woman received minor injuries Monday afternoon when the car she was driving crashed into a slow-moving train at a railroad crossing on NW Lone Pine Road north of O'Neil in Crook County. Oregon State Police (OSP) assisted Crook County Sheriff's Office during the investigation and a trooper cited the car's driver.
 
According to Sergeant Keith Taylor, on January 7, 2013 at approximately 12 noon, a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta driven by NORMA R. SHARP, age 59, from Prineville, was southbound on NW Lone Pine Road approaching the railroad track crossing just north of O'Neil as a City of Prineville Railway train was westbound at about 10 mph on a straight stretch of track. The train's operator, whose name is not available, gave an audible signal as it approached the crossing but the car's driver didn't notice the signal or train until near the crossing. When SHARP braked to try and stop the car from crossing the tracks, the car slid on the icy roadway into the right side of the train's lead engine car.
 
SHARP was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond for treatment of minor injuries. She was cited by OSP for Failure to Stop for a Railroad Signal. Passenger PETER SHARP, age 69, was not injured.
 
Crook County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency assisted at the scene by OSP, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and Redmond Fire & Rescue.

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