Kootenai County Sheriff's Department Press Release:
Early Sunday morning, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a report of a crash involving a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train and a passenger car. The initial crash was reported by a passing motorist who found a severely damaged car alongside the railroad tracks in the middle of the road on Ramsey Road at Diagonal Road, near Twin Lakes, ID.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1993 Mitsubishi 3000 GT driven by Albert P. Brunner age 53 of Post Falls, Idaho had been traveling southbound on Ramsey Rd approaching the train crossing. The train had been traveling eastbound and was already past the intersection when Brunner's vehicle collided with the crossing arms in the down position and then struck the train car that was 17 train cars back from the engine. The train had continued until notified of the crash due to not realizing a car had struck the side of it. The train eventually stopped about 15 miles north of the scene in Bonner County. Parts of the vehicle were still found attached to the train car. Brunner was pronounced deceased at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash. Brunner's next of kin have been notified.
Representatives from BNSF responded to the scene and checked the train and track's condition and several other trains on the same line were stopped while the incident was investigated. The road in the area was shut down for approximately 4 hours but is now re-opened.
The KCSO Traffic Team is currently investigating the collision. Further details will be released when they are available.