The lone victim of a train-car collision Friday afternoon was treated for minor injuries and released.

Guadalupe Contreras, 44, of Hermiston was sent home from Good Shepherd Medical Center late Friday evening, said hospital spokesman Mark Ettesvold. She was injured about 2:45 p.m. Friday when a Union Pacific train collided with her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt at the Canal Road crossing east of Hermiston.

9-1-1 Dispatch received a call about the wreck at 2:49 p.m. Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services responded and paramedics took Contreras to the hospital.

It appeared she was driving north on Canal Road, a gravel road that crosses the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. She apparently didn’t see the eastbound grain train before it clipped the left rear quarter panel of her four-door sedan. The vehicle spun around and came to rest on its tires north of the tracks, east of the roadway.

Two locomotives and 22 cars of the 100-car train bypassed the crossing before the train could stop.

Deputy Darrin Parson of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation with the help of Oregon State Police troopers and Union Pacific employees.


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