Boy injured in car-train crash continues to recover

Teen’s mother died in Camas collision, which is under investigation

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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The boy hurt in a fatal collision between a car and a train Tuesday in Camas was still recovering from his injuries Wednesday, and they are not life-threatening, Camas police Sgt. Scot Boyles said.

The 14-year-old was riding as the passenger when a train struck the car, driven by his mother, Maria G. Gonzalez Torres, 34, of Vancouver.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, and the boy was taken to a hospital.

The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. at the private crossing on Southwest Viola Street between Southwest Fifth and Sixth avenues, according to the Camas police.

The car was heading south when it went through the crossing and collided with the westbound train.

Boyles said it wasn’t yet clear what happened. The Camas police, with the help of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s specialized traffic unit, Amtrak and BNSF Railway are investigating the crash.

Because of how the stop signs there are arranged, it was difficult to say how the crash played out, he said.

“What we can say for sure is she did not yield to the train,” he said.

Boyles said the sheriff’s office was examining driving data from the car, but that could take weeks depending on the traffic unit’s workload.

The train carried 75 passengers and five crew members, and none was hurt.