Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office

NEZ PERCE COUNTY - On Wednesday, May 27, at about 11:35 a.m., the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office was advised of an unknown problem in the Arrow Highline area, off of Highway 3. The reporting subjects stated they could hear someone nearby yelling for help.

Upon Deputies arrival they found 42-year-old Phillip E. Brown, of Juliaetta, down on the rocks below the train bridge. One of the subjects who heard Brown yelling for help, Nezbeth Leonard, is a registered nurse in the Lewis-Clark Valley. She had been able to locate Brown and rendered assistance until medics arrived.

The investigation showed that BC & CM Railroad had been moving rail cars up and down the tracks starting around 9:00 a.m. this morning. Some previously disconnected rail cars were sitting on the train bridge, near Arrow Highline, when Brown was about to get up on the bridge to fish. Brown climbed up on the bridge just as the conductor was reconnecting with the standing rail cars, which caused the rail cars to shift and make contact with Brown's backpack, pushing him off of the bridge.

Brown fell about 20 to 25 feet down to the rocks below, suffering facial and leg injuries. Brown was taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and seen for his injuries.

The Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office would like thank Mrs. Leonard for stepping in when needed to assist a person who was injured. They would also like to remind the public that fishing off a train bridge is dangerous and can constitute trespassing.