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Two people injured in train versus car collision

RATHDRUM, Idaho - UPDATE: Austin C. Wiseman is still listed in critical condition according to Kootenai Health.

The passenger, Brandie M. Zaring of Coeur d'Alene, has been treated and released from Kootenai Health to her family.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Wiseman was driving the vehicle in a wooded area between Lancaster Road and Huetter Road, which he accessed by driving on a narrow dirt service type road that was not for public use.

The road is private property owned by the Union Pacific Railroad.

Wiseman drove westbound as the train approached westbound, and accelerated as he drove along the service road parallel to the UP railroad tracks.

Witnesses believed he appeared to be attempting to "beat the train" as he approached Huetter Road.

One he reached the road, he quickly turned southbound directly in front of the train without stopping, and his vehicle was struck on the driver's side.

The train consisted of an engine and only 13 rail cars. The speed of the train was estimated to be 45 mph at the time of the collision.

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Kootenai County Deputies responded to a train and passenger vehicle collision at North Huetter Road and Lancaster Avenue at around 3:10 p.m.

The vehicle had at least two passengers, 18-year-old Austin C. Wiseman, and a 15-year-old female.

Emergency personnel had to extract the occupants.

One occupant is in critical condition, and the other is in serious condition.

Both have been transported to Kooteani Health.

Train crew is being interviewed as part of the investigation.

The train was traveling west, and the car was traveling south.

The public is asked to avoid the area at this time as emergency personnel investigate.

This is a developing story.