Railroad News

Oregon Student Dies at Dangerous, Unguarded BNSF Railroad Crossing

(Homestead Stronghold, California – May 18, 2011)

A 19-year-old scholar-athlete, returning home from her first year at California State University-Fresno, died about 2:55 P.M. Wednesday, May 18th. Her car was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at the unguarded, dangerous rural railroad crossing on County Road 104 southeast of Tulelake, Oregon

Alma Vidrio, a 2010 graduate of Tulelake High School, was hit and killed by the BNSF train at the crossing which BNSF Spokesman Gus Melonas said was “equipped with crossbuck warning signs, but no automatic warning devices, which is common for BNSF crossings.”

Tulelake Basin Joint Unified School District Superintendent Patty Reeder described Ms. Vidrio as “just this bright spot in our school,” and said grief counselors would be available at the high school.