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CHP: Oroville man killed after driving through railroad crossing, hit by train

An Oroville man was killed after the CHP said he drove through a railroad crossing and was hit by a train Monday evening.

Posted: May 4, 2021 9:06 AM
Updated: May 4, 2021 11:25 AM

LIVE OAK, Calif. – Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a collision that killed a 59-year-old Oroville man on Monday, the CHP said.

On May 3, just after 9 p.m., the driver of a 1999 Nissan Sentra was traveling east on Clark Road and drove through the railroad crossing arms, directly into the path of a Union Pacific train, according to the CHP.

The train struck the right side of the Nissan Sentra, causing the driver to be ejected from his vehicle. Authorities said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said the railroad crossing arms were down and functioning properly during the time of the collision.

The CHP said Clark Road was closed just west of Highway 99 for several hours while Union Pacific crews cleaned up and checked the train and the cars.

The 59-year-old man has not been identified at this time.

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information on-air and online.

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