Jerome man killed after train smacks into SUV

JEROME, Idaho (AP) - Two train vs. vehicle collisions kept emergency responders busy in southern Idaho on Wednesday.

Idaho State Police say Jess Linch, 64, of Jerome, was killed when a train struck his 2007 Cadillac Escalade at a crossing in south-central Idaho, while the driver of a semi tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries when he apparently pulled in front of a train about 20 miles southeast of Boise.

Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall tells The Times-News the fatal crash happened Wednesday afternoon along U.S. Highway 93 north of Twin Falls and blocked the highway.

Idaho State Police say Linch failed to yield at the train crossing and was struck on the driver's side by the train. Police say the SUV was pushed 400 yards down the tracks before coming to a stop.

Linch was wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In Ada County, Sheriff's Capt. Scott Johnson says one train was stopped on the tracks and the semi driver likely didn't see a second train passing it on a parallel set of tracks.

There was no immediate word if anyone on the trains was injured.