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Student’s Condition Upgraded

Fri., March 7, 1997

The condition of a Lakeland High School student injured in a train accident was upgraded Thursday from critical to serious.

Although Chet Savage, 18, has improved, hospital officials say he still is being cared for in the intensive care unit.

Savage was on his way to school Wednesday morning when he pulled his Ford Bronco in front of an oncoming train in downtown Rathdrum. The train was going about 58 mph.

Witnesses told police it appeared the youth saw the train but was trying to beat it across the tracks.

The collision was so severe, it knocked both Savage and the front seat of his Bronco out of the vehicle, throwing the teenager 61 feet, Rathdrum police officials said.

Savage is both an honor roll student and an athlete at the high school.

, DataTimes

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