A Benton City woman and her dog escaped injury Friday when she drove her car into a train, northwest of Prosser.
Karen L. Jimenez, 19, was driving her 2008 Chevrolet Malibu north on North Wilgus Road when she drove through a railroad crossing and hit a passing Central Washington Railroad train at 8:16 a.m., said Sgt. Bob Brockman of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
The crossing is between West Johnson Road and West Country Road.
Jimenez hit the first engine of the slow-moving train and caused minor damage to the locomotive. Her car was heavily damaged.
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No one was hurt on the train or in the car, Brockman said.
Deputies said she was distracted by loud music and her dog, which was loose in the car.
Jimenez was ticketed for failing to yield.