Car-train wreck kills Elsmore woman



September 5, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Melodee K. McEndree, 62, Elsmore, was killed early Saturday afternoon after her car was struck by a train.
McEndree was eastbound on Idaho Road, about six miles south of Moran or three miles north of Elsmore, when she failed to yield at the intersection with the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Her car, a 2008 Honda, was struck by a southbound train piloted by engineer Joseph Harrington.
The impact of the collision knocked McEndree’s car more than 50 feet up the tracks, where it came to rest in the west ditch.
It took more than a quarter-mile for the train to come to a stop.
Neither Harrington nor Jerry Lambert, the train’s conductor, were injured.
McEndree, who was wearing a seat belt, was declared dead at the scene.
Idaho Road was closed to traffic for several hours while the Kansas Highway Patrol investigated the incident.

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