Fatal Train Crash at Kuna-Mora Road
Kuna, Idaho. The Idaho State Journal and Kuna Melba News Staff reports an investigation by the Ada County's Sheriff's Office is underway after a local man was involved in a fatal car crash on Tuesday, Jan. 17 this week.
The incident occurred at approximately 1:20 p.m. at the railway crossing at the intersection of Kuna-Mora Road. ASCO investigators confirmed the driver of the SUV had been driving south when he crossed the tracks occupied by a freight train traveling west.
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Emergency crews were able to extract the local man from the totaled SUV. Paramedics immediately attempted life-saving interventions, but the man was pronounced dead on the scene.
⚠️ Continue reading for important information on Idaho train tragedies & 5 critical tips to keep you & your loved ones safe at railway crossings.
Nationwide & Idaho Train Tragedies
According to statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration in 2021, 2,145 highway-rail grade crossing collisions were reported nationwide. Among the collisions, 234 were crossing fatalities and 669 were categorized as "crossing injuries."
Data from the FRA's Office of Safety Analysis highlights Idaho's fatal and non-fatal train wreck incidents between 2019 and 2022.
- 2019 // 2 fatalities, 13 non-fatalities
- 2020 // 2 fatalities, 28 non-fatalities
- 2021 // 1 fatality, 17 non-fatalities
- 2022 // 2 fatalities, 21 non-fatalities
5 Train & Railroad Crossing Safety Tips for Drivers
- Never stop on railroad tracks and crossings; once your vehicle enters the crossing, keep going
- Always allow 15-feet of space or more between your vehicle and flashing red lights, lowered gates, stop signs, and flagmen at railroad crossings
- Refrain from driving through or around a lowed gate in an attempt to outrun a lengthy oncoming train
- Wait for trains to fully pass and lowered gates to fully rise before entering a railroad crossing
- Yield the right of way to trains
- Escape or get around a car stuck on railroad tracks by traveling in the direction of an approaching train