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Posted on: January 3, 2024

Press Release – Train vs. Semi Fatality Collision

On Friday, December 29, 2023, at approximately 2:32 p.m., the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office responded to a train versus semi-truck collision at the railroad crossing of Yale Road and Minidoka Avenue in Southern Blaine County, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that a 2015 white Freightliner semi-truck, owned by the 3 String Cattle Company, and driven by a 46-year-old male of Rupert with a 48-year-old female passenger, was traveling southbound on Yale Road and failed to yield to the oncoming train at the crossing. The Union Pacific train was traveling east and struck the passenger side of the semi-truck. Minidoka Train DJI_0269

Neither occupant of the truck was wearing a seatbelt, and both were ejected. They were each taken by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho with life-threatening injuries. The driver passed away from his injuries at the hospital. The passenger is listed in critical condition. No one on the train reported injuries.  

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office, Northside and East End Fire Departments’ Emergency Medical Services, Life Flight and Classic Air Ambulances, and Minidoka Memorial Hospital Emergency Response Services for their assistance in this incident. Although it occurred in Blaine County’s jurisdiction, due to the remote location and critical need for an immediate response, Minidoka County agencies took the lead on the crash and investigation. We are extremely grateful for their interagency cooperation. 

Steve Harkins

Blaine County Sheriff

Posted: 5:05 p.m. on January 3, 2024Minidoka Train_2023-12-29_171859_378

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CONTACT:    Holly Carter – Blaine County Sheriff’s Office (208) 788-5536

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