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RATHDRUM, Idaho (AP) - Rathdrum police say they're still puzzled by a fatal car-train collision because it happened nowhere near a rail crossing.

Henry John Parent Jr. was driving his 1992 GMC Jimmy westbound on a service road along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday when he drove over the tracks in front of the westbound train.

Rathdrum Police Chief Kevin Fuhr told the Coeur d'Alene Press that there isn't a crossing within a mile.

The train blew its horn to alert Parent that it was approaching.

A male friend was in another vehicle following Parent, and Fuhr says that individual is also puzzled at his buddy's unorthodox bid to cross the tracks.

Since the accident occurred on BNSF's property, Parent's friend may face trespassing charges.

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RATHDRUM, Idaho -  According to his family members the 33-year-old man whose SUV was hit by a train Sunday in Rathdrum has died.

Henry Parent was 4-wheeling his vehicle on the train tracks behind a grocery store on Highway 41 at around 8:30 AM when he was struck by the train. The vehicle flipped several times and Parent was flown to a hospital for treatment.

Authorities say they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the accident and the incident remains under investigation.

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