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Exemption signs go up on U.S. Highway 20 near St. Anthony

September 6, 2018

Dawson Jensen, Bridger Stoddard, Bridger Vickers, Briar Leishman and Mason Flannery pose with the family of Tanner Nicol and Teagen Bradshaw at the Highway 20 railroad tracks for the exemption.

ST. ANTHONY — Wednesday the exemptions signs went up for the railroad tracks on highway 20 just near the 346 St. Anthony exit.

“Exempt signs are intended to inform drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting passengers or hazardous materials that a stop is not required at certain designated railroad crossings, except when rail traffic is approaching or occupying the crossing or the driver’s view is blocked,” according to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission website.

The signs are up thanks to the efforts of Dawson Jensen, Bridger Stoddard, Bridger Vickers, Briar Leishman and Mason Flannery and others who helped them achieve their goal. These five young men went to work after their friends, Tanner Nicol and Teagen Bradshaw, died in an accident on those tracks.

Friends and family of Tanner Nicol and Teagen Bradshaw showed up in support of the five young men and the exemption.

The East Idaho Railroad and the Idaho Department of Transportation worked with the five young men to get the signs up as soon as they could. Trucking companies and others effected were notified yesterday, of the new exemption that is currently active. The last exemption sign went up around 10:30 a.m. today.

When asked how they felt about the exemptions signs going up, members of the Bradshaw and Nicol family were speechless.

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