Train hits car in Whitman County | News
Three people were injured in a train vs. vehicle collision in Whitman County yesterday afternoon. According to the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Caleb Bravard of Colfax was driving a 2003 Pontiac GrandAm in a private driveway toward Granite Road about 1/2 mile east of Boyer Park at 4:22 p.m. He told officials that he did not see the train until he was crossing the tracks.
"The train’s front end impacted the driver’s side of the vehicle catapulting the vehicle off of the track and causing it to roll onto its driver side," Sgt. Chris Chapman says in a press release.
Bravard and his two passengers, 18-year-old McKayla Bickelhaupt of Dayton and 22-year-old Tanner White of Colfax, were transported to Whitman Hospital and Medical Center with minor injuries.
The engineer of the train, 42-year-old Brandon Stuller of Lewiston, reported that he saw the car approaching the tracks and activated the train’s whistle in an attempt to notify the driver of his approach to the rail road intersection.
"Stuller told investigators he was traveling just under 40 mph when the collision occurred. After the impact the train traveled approximately 1250 feet before it was able to stop. The train, owned by Great Northwest railroad, was pulling 39 railroad cars which contained lumber and paper products and was headed to Lyons Ferry," Chapman says.
Stuller and his conductor, 22-year-old Dylan Barbee of Lewiston, were not injured.