The investigation revealed that the driver of a gray 2005 Kenworth tractor pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with green plastic pipe was traveling southbound on U.S. 95 and failed to stop for a train that was crossing the two-lane highway at a controlled intersection. There are two large towers with lights and crossing bars that were illuminated and activated at the time of the event.
The driver of the truck, 56-year-old David Leroy Fyfe of Shelley, Idaho, applied the truck’s brakes. He steered to the right and struck a section of guardrail and then hit one of the large railroad sign towers and stopped his truck before striking the passing westbound train. Debris scattered from the sign tower and the crossing guard bar and struck three of the passing train cars.
No one was injured in the incident. Fyfe was cited for failing to use due care. Officials from the Union Pacific Railroad also responded to the scene. There was minor damage to the train cars and the truck tractor had to be towed from the scene as it sustained significant damage.