Steam Train Collision

State Patrol: Curtis Man Dies Following Crash With Steam Train

By The Chronicle

A Curtis man who was seriously injured earlier this month after reportedly failing to yield at a railroad stop and being hit by the Chehalis-Centralia Steam Train has died, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Jerry W. Mullins, 82, died Friday, according to a report from the State Patrol.

According to the report, the incident was first reported at 6:44 p.m. July 15 on state Route 6 at Twin Oaks Road.

Mullins’ vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, was driving on state Route 6 when he reportedly failed to see the warning lights indicating the train was coming and crossed the track.

The train struck the vehicle’s left front quarter.

The train was full of passengers on a tour. The train was not damaged.

Mullins was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital and cited for failing to yield the right of way. He was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he later died, according to the State Patrol.