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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Driver fatally injured after car-train collision in Sodo

Update at 7:52 p.m.: The car hit a BNSF grain train bound for Seattle, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said. The milelong train stopped after crews were alerted to the crash, which also delayed four other freight trains.

Update at 7 p.m.: Witnesses told police that the collision victim drove around a line of cars stopped for the railroad crossing, drove into the oncoming lanes and was crossing the tracks when a northbound train hit the car, the Seattle Police Department said.

Detectives are collecting additional witness statements and will be contacting the train conductor, police said.

South Holgate Street west of Third Avenue South will remain closed during the investigation.

Update at 6:28 p.m.: The driver, an adult male, has died from his injuries, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

Original post: A driver was seriously injured after a car hit a train in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood Friday evening.

Firefighters extricated the driver from a car after the collision, which occurred near South Holgate Street and Third Avenue South shortly before 6 p.m., according to the Seattle Fire Department. The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Both directions of South Holgate Street are blocked while officials respond to the scene. The Seattle Police Department said the incident is under investigation.

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