Freight train hits car in N. Idaho; driver killed

SEATTLE (AP) - A BNSF Railway spokesman says a 19-year-old woman driving a BMW has been struck and killed by a BNSF freight train in north Idaho.

Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said the train collided with the car Wednesday afternoon about 15 miles east of Sandpoint. The driver was not immediately identified.

The spokesman says the train was traveling at 58 mph in an area where the freight train speed limit is 60 mph. He says the crew applied the emergency brake and blew the train's whistle.

Melonas says the collision happened at a public rail crossing marked by stop signs.

The eastbound train was hauling vehicles from Tacoma to Chicago.

The crash is under investigation.

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