(Jerome, Idaho – October 20, 2020)
An unidentified tractor-trailer driver suffered undisclosed injuries at about 10:09 Tuesday morning at a dangerous and unguarded rail crossing in an industrial district in Jerome, ID. Investigating Idaho State Police authorities said that a single locomotive hit the semi between the cab and the trailer. The collision occurred at a former Union Pacific rail line that was sold to Eastern Idaho Railroad and its parent company, Watco Companies LLC, which is a privately-owned transportation corporation headquartered in Pittsburg, KS.
The railroad crosses Nez Perce Avenue at an extreme angle, making trains difficult to see, especially without the flashing lights and crossing gates which undoubtedly would have prevented both Tuesday’s collision as well as an earlier one which also produced an injury several years ago.
As mentioned, there are no active warning devices at the Nez Perce Avenue crossing, such as lights and gates, to warn motorists of the approach of the pair of Eastern Idaho Railroad trains that cross the city thoroughfare at 20 mph maximum speeds on an average day.