Cass Lake man arrested after narrowly escaping train collision

His truck had skidded through a stop sign and stalled on railroad tracks near Cass Lake

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HUBBARD COUNTY, Minn. — A Cass Lake man narrowly escaped a collision with a train on Monday after his truck skidded through a stop sign and stalled on railroad tracks near Cass Lake.

According to a news release from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a report at 6:11 p.m. Monday, March 13, of a vehicle that was struck by a Burlington Northern train on 323rd Avenue in Farden Township near Cass Lake.

When deputies and medical personnel arrived at the scene, they found that 53-year-old Robert Idovich Jr., of rural Cass Lake, was traveling north on 323rd Avenue in a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck.

As Idovich approached the stop sign at the railroad tracks, he skidded past the stop sign and came to a stop on the tracks, where the truck stalled. Idovich exited the truck just before an eastbound train collided with the truck, the release said.

The train consisted of two engines and 15 cars and contained three employees of Burlington Northern Railroad. There were no injuries sustained in the crash.


Idovich’s driving status was discovered to be “Cancelled-Inimical to Public Safety,” and he was placed under arrest by deputies and transported to the Hubbard County Jail. The crash is being investigated by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office.

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