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Car collides with train in Sunnyside

by Frances Potts

A 1998 Buick LaSabre, driven by Mary Dewey of Sunnyside, 64, was hit by a train at the crossing at 4th Street and South Hill Road at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

"The train was backing, apparently with flashing lights on the back, when she drove in front of it," said Sgt. Kent Coffman.

"There was extreme damage to the vehicle, and the air bag was deployed. She may have sustained minor injuries to her face from the air bag," said Coffman.

"I'm really sore, but I'm okay," said Dewey from her home this morning (Thursday).

"It was raining some, and I had my wipers going," said Dewey, recalling the accident.

"I remember feeling as if the car was pushed, and I had no control of it. Then I remember being put into some contraption; it was really painful. They took me to the hospital and did scans and x-rays. It's still hurting, but not something I can't bear," she said. "My right side is what hurts the most because the train hit the passenger side of the car."

Dewey said her daughter "showed up" at the hospital last night, and took her home when she was released. "I told them it wasn't important, but my son came from Seattle, and they are cooking for me right now," said Dewey at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Sgt. Preston Kelley of the Sunnyside Police Department, who responded to the accident scene, is handling the ongoing investigation.

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