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How To Avoid Train-Related Accidents
Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) In the last ten days, three train accidents have happened in the Rupert area. In two out of three cases, local law enforcement points to inattentive driving as the cause.
The first of three train wrecks was Friday morning August ninth at 75 South and 200 West. A man drove across the railroad tracks near the Elks Golf Course west of Rupert.
Minidoka County Sheriff Eric Snarr says, "The train's engine hit the front right passenger side of the vehicle, and caused the crash. Then the truck spun back around and hit the back end of the vehicle."
The driver sustained minor injuries. The second accident was Sunday morning August 11th at 800 East North Highway 24. Six cars derailed, but only four were completely off the tracks.
The most recent one was Thursday August 15th at 200 East North Highway 24. A man driving a pickup tried to cross in front of a train more than 60 cars long weighing over 6,000 tons. He wasn't hurt badly, but the drivers in the vehicle versus train accidents were both ticketed for failing to yield.
Snarr says, "You need to yield to the train. This time of year, people have their air conditioners running, people are talking on cellphones. They're listening to their music, windows are up, just not paying attention to the train."
Jareud Uscola of Eastern Idaho Railroad says, "Look both ways, take a second look if they need to, and listen. The train, we can't stop on a dime. It's easier for a vehicle to see us before we see them."
Sheriff Snarr reminds all of us to expect a train at any time, all around the clock.
August 19, 2013.