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Train jumper dies after leap near Bonners Ferry

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4, 2009, 2:55 P.M.

A 25-year-old man was found dead along railroad tracks near Bonners Ferry this morning after apparently leaping from a train he’d boarded illegally.

Dustin Dodge died after jumping from a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train that was traveling 40 to 45 mph, according to the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office.

Train workers spotted his body early today and called investigators, who determined Dodge had died from impact from the leap. His friend, 19-year-old Jebediah Burney, was found at a friend’s home.

Burney had jumped from the train with Dodge but did not need medical treatment, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The men had hopped onto the train in Naples in hopes of catching a ride to the Deep Creek area.

They jumped as the train passed through the area, the Sheriff’s Office said. No criminal charges are expected.

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