Driver escapes injury

He told police he was listening to his music and never saw the train crossing warning lights. Or the train...

He told police he was listening to his music and never saw the train crossing warning lights.

He never saw the train, either.

A Vernon man escaped injury after driving his car into a train that was either stopped or barely moving at 43rd Avenue and 31st Street shortly after 6 p.m. Monday.

“The driver told officers he was going about 50 km/hour when he turned right off of 32nd Street onto 43rd Avenue,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“The train crossing had all the bells, lights and whistles going, but the young man said he was listening to his music and never saw or heard the lights and train.”

The car’s front bumper was torn off in the accident.

There was no damage to the train.