Man hospitalized after collision with train

RATHDRUM, Idaho — A train smashed into an off-roading sport utility vehicle east of Rathdrum, Idaho, flipping the car and ejecting the driver.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the train was heading from Chicago to Seattle on Sunday when the SUV tried to cross the tracks even though there was no railroad crossing in the area.

The train used its emergency brakes but couldn’t stop in time. The SUV rolled several times, and the driver, from Post Falls, was ejected and pinned beneath the hood. He was airlifted to a hospital with what appeared to be internal injuries.

Rathdrum police are investigating but said no further information would be made available until Monday.

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