car Accident hayden idaho
From staff reports
Two teens were injured Thursday afternoon when their car was struck by a train on the Rathdrum Prairie.
The driver was 18-year-old Austin C. Wiseman of Hayden, Idaho, and his passenger was a 15-year-old girl from Coeur d’Alene. Wiseman was in critical condition at the scene and his passenger was in serious condition, said Kootenai County Sheriff’s Det. Dennis Stinebaugh.
The crash happened at 3:10 p.m. at a railroad crossing on North Huetter Road near Lancaster Avenue. The crossing has stop signs but no railroad crossing arms.
Stinebaugth said while he and other investigators were still on the scene, he watched a car go through the crossing arms on Lancaster Avenue near the intersection as a train was coming. The car made it safely through, he said.
“It’s just such a prevalent thing, ” he said.
The crash was the second in two months where teenagers were involved in car versus train collisions in the area.