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Posted on: August 24, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Vehicle/Train Collision on N. Lynden Road, South of Wellesley Avenue in Otis Orchards

PR 2023

Vehicle/Train Collision on N. Lynden Road, South of Wellesley Avenue in Otis Orchards


Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit Technicians are investigating a train/vehicle collision on N. Lynden Road, south of E. Wellesley Avenue.  The vehicle, a Spokane County Public Works truck, was occupied by a Spokane County employee.  The employee was provided medical attention at the scene, and due to the severity of his injuries, he was transported to the hospital via a Life Flight helicopter.  He continues to be evaluated, listed in critical but stable condition at last check.  

On August 24, 2023, at approximately 10:45 am, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a vehicle/train collision on N. Lynden Road in Otis Orchards.   

Deputies and Spokane Valley Fire Department arrived, with SVFD personnel providing immediate advanced life support medical services.  The adult male occupant and Spokane County employee sustained what appeared to be life-threatening injuries and was transported by Life Flight to the hospital, where he continues to receive treatment and is listed in critical but stable condition.   

Initial information indicates the Spokane County Public Works truck was traveling south on Lynden when the collision with the eastbound train occurred.  The crossing does not have warning lights/arm or an audible warning but does have RR crossing signage and a stop sign.  

No one on the train was injured.  

Traffic Unit Investigators responded and continue to investigate this incident.  
 No further information is available at this time.  

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the entire Spokane County Family extend our thoughts and prayers to our injured employee and his family during this extremely tragic and difficult time.  We all hope/pray for a speedy and full recovery.            

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