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Dayton railroad crossing opens temporarily | Preston Citizen

Dayton railroad crossing opens temporarily

January 13, 2013


Assistant editor

A cleanup process of a train derailment in Dayton that happened on Wednesday, Jan. 9, is on-going and it will continue during for the next few days.

Immediately following the accident, local law enforcement officials closed State Highway 36 in both directions at the railroad crossing at approximately 4025 West Side Highway 36. The road, which remained closed on Friday, was opened to traffic on Saturday and Sunday.

Idaho State road officials said it will be closed again on Monday as work continues.

A northbound Union Pacific train derailed west of Preston at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday morning and a fatality occurred, according to Idaho State Police

According to an ISP press release, a Franklin County dump truck was headed eastbound on State Highway 36. There was thick fog in the area. The truck struck the side of the train that was already in the railroad crossing near milepost 127. Multiple cars at the rear of the train were derailed and the tracks were damaged in the crash, according to the release.

The driver of the dump truck has been identified as Heber Lewis, 56, of Preston. The crossing is equipped with flashing red lights that were functioning properly at the time of the accident, said ISP officials.

Lewis succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

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