The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Fire and Bend Fire all responded to a car versus train crash Wednesday near SW Young Ave and South Highway 97.
The collision was reported at about 8:15 a.m., just east of a large solar farm. It occurred on a private road that crosses the railroad tracks leading to the Redmond Gun Club.
A 5-car freight train was northbound traveling at about 40 miles per hour when the crew saw the truck on the tracks. It sounded a horn and applied the emergency brakes. According to BNSF, the train was slowing when it hit the truck.
The driver has been identified as 74 year old David Gilbert of Crooked River Ranch. He’s currently listed in critical condition at St. Charles Medical Center.
His Dodge pickup was hit on the passenger side then pushed more than 100 feet.
The train stopped about one-quarter of a mile down the tracks and remained on scene during the investigation.
The crossing, where the collision occurred, is signed but does not have warning lights or crossing arms.
No citations have been issued.