(Parma, Idaho – May 29, 2012)
A Michigan motorist, in Parma, ID for business purposes, was injured Tuesday afternoon about 4:00 P.M. when the Hyundai he was driving north on Gotsch Road was struck by a Union Pacific freight train at the dangerous, unguarded intersection of UPRR tracks and Gotsch Road.
Idaho Highway 20-26 closely parallels UP tracks through the area, and the Michigan man was intending to turn onto the highway from Gotsch Road. The railroad crossing there has no automatic protective systems (flashing lights, bells or gates), and is equipped only with passive signage to keep the driving public “safe” from the 32 UPRR and Amtrak trains traversing the crossing daily at speeds of up to 70 mph.
The as-yet unidentified victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries while the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police investigated the accident.