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Jackson County driver escapes injury after driving into train

A 27-year-old man escaped serious injury after driving into a train early Thursday in the town of Alma.

JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

TOWN OF ALMA — A 27-year-old man escaped serious injury after driving into a train early Thursday in the town of Alma, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Damian Benedict of Merrillan was driving west on Garage Road about 7:30 a.m. when he struck a moving Union Pacific train. The impact sent Benedict’s car into a ditch, where it rolled.

Benedict had minor cuts and scratches. Speed, inattentive driving and heavy fog appear to have contributed to the crash, according to the department.

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