Man killed when Amtrak train hits SUV in Vancouver

A man died Sunday morning when an Amtrak passenger train struck his SUV at a private-driveway crossing in Vancouver’s Old Evergreen Highway neighborhood.

Emergency crews were dispatched at 11 a.m. to the crash, which occurred on a private driveway just across from the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center in the 12200 block of Southeast Evergreen Highway. The man was dead when officials arrived on the scene, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.

The man’s name was not released Sunday. He was driving a Cadillac Escalade and was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash, said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF Railway.

No Amtrak passengers or crew members were injured in the collision, Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said. Train 27, the Empire Builder, was on its way from Spokane to Portland at the time of the crash. It continued on to Portland after remaining at the scene for

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