Post Falls man injured in car/train accident

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POST FALLS - A Post Falls man suffered undisclosed injuries when the pickup he was driving was struck by a train Sunday morning.

Christopher R. Meagher, 29, was northbound on Spokane Street near Prairie Falls Golf Course when he failed to yield at a railroad crossing to a westbound Union Pacific train, the Idaho State Police said.

The train struck the right side of Meagher's 2000 Chevy Silverado. The pickup came to rest on the northwest side of the tracks, the ISP reported.

The accident was reported at 11:31 a.m.

Meagher was not transported from the scene by an ambulance, the ISP said.

Torrie Kelley and Tami Grant, who live just around the corner, stood waiting for the train to clear the intersection in the early afternoon.

They had seen the truck towed, and Kelley described the truck as "mangled."

He said he sees drivers run the stop sign by the tracks all the time.

"I'm surprised this is the first time I've seen (an accident); there are so many times I've seen people run the stop sign," Kelley said.

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