A Crooked River Ranch man suffered serious injuries after a train collided with the pickup he was driving Dec. 18 near the Redmond Rod and Gun Club, according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office news release.
David J. Gilbert told deputies he did not look before crossing the tracks around 8:20 a.m. in the 9000 block of Highway 97, south of Redmond, officials said.
The freight train caused extensive damage to Gilbert’s 2007 Dodge 2500, shoving the pickup 100 feet north of the crossing, officials said.
The train struck the pickup’s passenger side, officials said.
Fire and medical crews removed Gilbert, who was pinned inside the pickup, and he was flown to St. Charles Bend, officials said.
The train stopped a quarter mile down the tracks from the crossing, which had warning and stop signs but no crossing arms, officials said. BNSF Railway police conducted their own investigation.
Personnel from the Oregon State Police and Redmond and Bend fire and rescue also assisted, officials said.