Courtesy of Allen Miller.
The Milwaukee had a similar situation on February 22, 1977. A Milwaukee
Road freight train plowed through a 20'x 52' wood frame house at the
Thacker Road crossing near Othello. The mover had stopped the house on
the railroad tracks at the crossing to check clearance on some overhead
wires. They had a man on the tracks watching for trains but when it
showed around the curve it was too late to get the house off of the
crossing in time.
Vic Mikulich, of Enumclaw, was the engineer
and Butte Fennell was the head brakeman. Vic was uninjured but Butte and
another brakeman received some minor injuries. The tractor broke away
from the load and none of the moving crew were
injured. The house was a total loss and $20,000 damage to the
locomotive. I believe the lead engine was SD40-2 No. 16 and the cab was
literally filled with lumber from the collision. The ironic thing was
that the house's destination was just across Highway 26 from the
crossing where it was hit. Probably less than 200 feet away.