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New lights a possibility at railroad crossing | Preston Citizen

New lights a possibility at railroad crossing

April 26, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor

County, state and Union Pacific Railroad officials are pursuing installation of a second set of warning lights on Highway 36, at a railroad crossing near Dayton where a fatal accident occurred earlier this year.

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County officials have been in discussion with the Idaho Department of Transportation and Union Pacific personnel recently about installing a second set of warning lights at this location, just east of Harold B. Lee Elementary on Highway 36, according to County Commissioner Scott Workman.

A northbound Union Pacific train derailed at this location on the morning of Jan. 9, after colliding with a county dump truck. The truck, driven by Heber Lee Lewis, 56, of Preston, was headed eastbound on the highway when it impacted the side of the train at the crossing.

Lewis died on impact. The accident derailed 16 cars of a Union Pacific freight train and shut down the railroad line for several days.

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