Wednesday, December 30, 2015

***Update-Names Released*** Triple Fatal Collision Involving Train and SUV South of Union - Union County (Photo)

***UPDATE-NAMES RELEASED*** TRIPLE FATAL COLLISION INVOLVING TRAIN AND SUV SOUTH OF UNION - UNION COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2015 2:11 PM
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The occupants of the blue 1998 Jeep Cherokee were Clayton Forrest COLPITTS, age 43, Penny Jo COLPITTS, age 40, from Union, and James Austin JOHNSTON, age 20, from Chiloquin. It is still undetermined who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.

***End Update***

Previously Released:
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal collision involving a train and SUV south of Union in Union County. The names of the three occupants will be released following confirmation of family notifications.

Preliminary information indicates that on December 29, 2015 at approximately 2:54 p.m., a Union Pacific Railroad train was traveling eastbound and approaching the Curtis Road and Miller Lane crossing when for unknown reasons, a blue Jeep Cherokee was traveling east on Curtis Road and turned left onto Miller Lane, in the path of the train. The train struck the Cherokee and all three occupants, as well as a dog, were ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The rural area train crossing displayed crossing signs with a stop sign but did not have crossing gate arms. The train did not derail and no injuries were reported aboard the train.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff's Office, Union Fire and Ambulance, La Grande Ambulance, and Union Pacific Railroad representatives.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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