PERHAM -- A 25-year-old Vergas man was killed Thursday morning after his pickup truck was struck by an oncoming BNSF train west of Perham.
Derick John Brehm of Vergas was driving a 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup when he was struck the eastbound train at approximately 10:50 a.m., according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. The crossing is controlled by a stop sign. Authorities say it is unclear as to why Brehm didn't hear the train.
The crash happened at the intersection of County Highway 80 (Main Street) near R D Offutt Co, according to Rich Luth, a hobbyist who operates the Otter Tail Channel and monitors railroad traffic through Perham.
The truck appeared to be pushed east along the track, to the intersection of county highways 80 and 51 near Kenny's Candy Co., according to eyewitnesses. That's over a half mile.
The train is BNSF No. 3857, according to its identification on the engine.
Perham police and ambulance, as well as Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene.