1 dead as car smashes into side of oil train in Marysville

Police investigate a deadly train crash in Marysville (KOMO Photo)

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A man was killed when his car crashed into an oil train in Marysville Tuesday morning.

Police believe the driver was heading south on State Street around 2:30 a.m. when he left the roadway around the 8900 block, crossed about 60-70 feet of grass and crashed into the side of an oil train heading north on a parallel track, according to Cmdr. Mark Thomas with Marysville Police.

The impact carried the car about 15 blocks until it was jarred loose near 104th Street, Thomas said.

A sensor on the train alerted the conductor that there was a collision and he stopped the train. As the train stopped, another driver came upon the scene, found the wrecked car and called 911, Thomas said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released.

Thomas says they don't know yet what caused the driver to leave the road and strike the train. The crash investigation is expected to last into the later morning.

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