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Three Killed in Eastern Oregon Train Crash

UNION, OR -- Three people were killed in the small eastern Oregon town of Union, when a train collided with their car, Tuesday afternoon. Oregon State Police are investigating the crash and have only released limited information, so far.


Preliminary information indicates that a Jeep Cherokee turned into the path of a Union Pacific Railroad train, just before 3 p.m. The train struck the vehicle and all three people, along with a dog, were ejected.


Investigators say 43-year-old Clayton Colpitts and 40-year-old Penny Jo Colpitts, both of

Union, as well as 20-year-old James Johnston of Chiloquin, were all pronounced dead at the scene. OSP says they have not yet determined who was driving at the time of the crash. 


The rural crossing displayed crossing signs with a stop sign, but does not have crossing-gate arms. The train did not derail and no injuries were reported aboard the train. 


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