(Ada County, Idaho – December 12, 2012)
“I think he simply didn’t see the train coming,” was the evaluation by Idaho State Police Captain Scott Johnson of a collision between a Union Pacific freight train, hidden from the trucker’s view by a second, standing freight train on parallel UPRR tracks crossing the South Orchard Access Road in Ada County, ID shortly after 9:30 A.M. Wednesday morning.
The unidentified trucker was injured and his trailer heavily damaged when the second train hit it. The crossing is “protected” by standard, passive railroad crossbuck signs, having no active protective devices such as lights, bells or gates.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, an average of 34 trains use the intersection daily at speeds as high as 79 mph.
Capt. Johnson said it was likely that the truck driver saw the stopped train, but did not realize that a second train was passing it.
Ada County Sheriff’s deputies, local EMT’s and officers of te Boise Police Dept. assisted the Idaho State Police in responding to the accident.