July 31, 2016 7:00 a.m.
An Oakland woman died in a collision involving her car and a train on Saturday afternoon.
Sergeant Justin Marquis of the Sutherlin Police Department says a report of the collision came in just after 3:15 p.m. The accident happened at the railroad crossing on North State Street and West Sixth Avenue.
63 year old Adele Osborne of Oakland was pronounced dead at the scene. Marquis says the investigation determined that the woman had parked her sedan on the railroad tracks with the vehicle facing west on Sixth Street. She left her car and was trying to catch a stray dog that was running loose in the area, according to the police report.
A northbound train, operated by Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad, approached the location a few minutes later. The woman noticed the train and was trying to move her vehicle as the train approached. Sergeant Marquis says the train had applied its emergency braking system but was not able to stop in time. It struck the woman and her vehicle.
The train was eventually able to stop and remained on the tracks. Officials with Sutherlin Police and other agencies investigated the accident for several hours. The train stayed in place until later in the evening. Railroad crossings in Sutherlin were blocked during that time.