CULVER, OR -- a Madras woman was killed, and three children were injured when she drove her pickup into the path of a train near Culver, Thursday night. Witnesses told the Jefferson County Sheriff's office, the woman initially stopped at the tracks at Gem Lane and Highway 361, but may have been distracted by a minor crash, nearby.
Investigators believe 52-year-old Lourdes Perez was looking at the police activity and failed to notice the approaching train when she pulled onto the tracks at about 5:30 p.m. The train almost immediately struck the truck's passenger side, causing it to flip and land in a ditch.
Two 10-year-old girls were treated and released from area hospitals. Perez and a 7-year-old boy were flown to St. Charles Bend where she later died. The boy is listed in fair condition.