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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Two People Hit By Trains In Two Seperate Incidents

Is it a full moon or something? Yesterday, not one, but TWO poeple were hit by trains in North Idaho.

The first happened early yesterday morning when Rathdrum police found a man lying next to tracks near the Mill Street crossing. He had severe head and back injuries and told officers a train had struck him, but wasn't able to elaborate due to his injuries.

Then, just before 10:00 last night, Idaho State Police say a woman was hit and killed by a train at the intersection of West Prairie Avenue and North Idaho Rd. That woman was allegedly lying on the tracks, although police haven't been able to determine why.

I'm usually warning people not to try to beat trains across the tracks, but I guess that doesn't apply to either of these cases.

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