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Idaho Driver Injured from Collision with Union Pacific Freight Train at Rural, Unguarded Crossing

By October 17, 2022 No Comments

(October 10, 2022—Boise, Idaho)

On Monday, October 10, a train collided with a construction vehicle just south of Boise, Idaho. The collision occurred around 4:40 P.M. after a train hit a front-end loader at the intersection of South Cole Road and Barker Road. The driver of the front-end loader was injured and airlifted to the hospital for treatment. A witness reported that “the train was blowing its horn but the driver didn’t appear to realize the train was approaching.”

There have been two previous accidents at the crossing owned and maintained by Union Pacific. Both of which resulted in some property damage.  There are around 17 trains that go through the intersection per day that typically drives anywhere from 35 to 70 miles per hour. Despite it being a public highway crossing, there are no lights or gate arms to display caution while approaching.

Responders with the Kuna Police Department, Kuna Fire Department, and Meridian Fire Department were at the scene.