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Deadly crossing claims 15YO girl

POST FALLS — Location-wise, the Tuesday morning vehicle-train collision that claimed the life of 15-year-old Mikelli Villaseñor wasn't an isolated occurrence.

Devoid of lights and a guard, the railroad crossing on North Spokane Street has been, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, the site of five other accidents dating back to 1986.

Jacob Brockus, 17, was the driver of a northbound Chevy Malibu when he and fellow Post Falls High student Villaseñor were stuck on the passenger side around 6 a.m. en route to a jazz band event.

Villaseñor died at the scene and Brockus was sent to Kootenai Health for serious injuries/Ryan Collingwood, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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