Chehalis steam train strikes Curtis man’s pickup

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

Bystanders and pickup truck through window of steam train / Courtesy photo by Maria Castaneda

Updated 5:54 p.m.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – An 82-year-old motorist was injured when his pickup truck collided with the steam train in Adna yesterday evening.

The Washington State Patrol reports that Jeremy W. Mullins was traveling eastbound on state Route 6 and didn’t see warning lights that a train was approaching. The train struck the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, according to the state patrol.

Troopers and medics called to the scene near Twin Oaks Road about 6:40 p.m. found the truck totaled, according to the investigating trooper.

Members of the Chehalis Fire Department arrived first, as Lewis County Fire District 6 was just clearing a vehicle fire. They were joined by personnel from Lewis County Fire District 5.

Chehalis Fire Capt. Casey Beck said the patient was conscious and alert.

“His legs were pinned, not crushed, but we had to use the Jaws to relieve pressure and then pop the door open,” Beck said.

Mullins, from Curtis, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. He was treated and then transferred, according to hospital spokesperson Chris Thomas.

Beck said there were as many as 70 people on the train, none were hurt and some said they didn’t even feel the collision. The train was traveling about 12 mph, he said.

Both Beck and District 6’s Firefighter-EMT Mike Goodwillie said they were pretty certain the pickup truck had been traveling westbound when it happened.

“I think the sun got in his eyes, and he wasn’t expecting a train there,” Beck said.

The state patrol blamed the wreck on Mullins’ failure to yield the right of way.


CORRECTION: This news story has been updated to reflect that Jeremy W. Mullins was treated at Providence Centralia Hospital and was not released but was then transferred to an unspecified facility.

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7 Responses to “Chehalis steam train strikes Curtis man’s pickup”

  1. a total nobody says:

    OK BIGBLOO ……….First of all YOU were NOT on the scene! I think the Captain was only trying to make rhyme or reason out of the facts he encumbered. He never signed on to be a bus monitor. Jackass.

  2. BleeBloo says:

    It’s irresponsible for the fire captain to speculate on the cause of the collision.

  3. adminsharyn says:

    “Are you serious “, ? why do you say that? there’s no reason to think there’s anyone dead inside that truck or picture. –sharyn decker, news reporter

  4. Are you serious says:

    You posted a picture of such a horrible accident…with a dead guy in the truck…thats so messed up

  5. BobbyinLC says:

    It doesn’t really matter who was driving the train. IT cannot turn or stop on a dime. If the crossing was marked with flashing lights there is no question who was at fault.

    If it is one of those crossing simply marked with signs then the fault might not be so clear.

    Luckily no one was seriously injured or killed.

  6. still waiting for justice says:

    The Conductor

  7. Peter michener says:

    Who was driving the steam train.

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