Funeral services have been set this week for a man killed Thursday, Aug. 1, when his pickup truck was struck by an oncoming BNSF train west of Perham.
The service for Derick John Brehm, 25, of Vergas will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, according to a notice from the funeral home. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes.
Brehm was driving a 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup when he was struck by the eastbound train at about 10:50 a.m. Aug. 1, 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.