Train hits semi in Pawnee County

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 5/09/2013 10:48 am Published: 5/08/2013 2:00 pm

A fiery collision happened in Pawnee County after an accident involving a semi-truck and a train.

OHP was called to the scene of the accident just north of the intersection of Highway 64 and Highway 108 in Lela Ok.

TheBurlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company confirms one fatality. BNSF officials tell FOX23 it happened just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. They say the train was going from Tulsa to Enid when it hit the semi-truck and burst into flames.

OHP Trooper Gabe Leach tells FOX23 the driver of the semi-truck trailer failed to yield to the train.

“The driver attempted to turn and was in the process of making a wide, right handed turn from a private drive,” said Trooper Leach.

Leach says the train struck the truck on the driver’s side of the door.

The driver of the truck died on the scene, has been identified as Richard Knight, Jr.

Residents who lived in the area said the ordeal was scary. Naomi tells FOX23 she was folding her laundry when she heard the loud noise coming from

“It was just loud and grinding, “said Naomi, “Like metal on metal.”

OHP and representatives with BNSF say that the investigation is on-going.

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Horsewagled - 5/9/2013 12:01 AM
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Things a REAL railroad Operation Lifesaver (OL) group would ask!!! 1. Why are all OL directors handpuppets of the railroad or government only giving lip service safety messages? 2. Why nothing is ever mentioned by OL that would cost the railroads a penny on the obviously missing safety equipment and track maintenance work? 3. Where are the crossing safety signals for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering at 1,000s of crossings? 4. Where are the track video monitors for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering to get the train stopped IN TIME? 5. Why aren't railroads paying at least half for crossing signals because it's their trains going too fast with no brakes or steering while paying the so-called RR directors millions a year. 6. Why the crossing humps trapping big trucks aren't required to be removed? 7. Why the crossing surfaces aren't wider where if a vehicle fish tails on slick road and is trapped at the edge of the crossing surface trap? 8. Why the train cabs aren't required to be lit up like a Christmas tree with emergency vehicle light bars? LOOK AND SEE!! 9. Why the front of trains aren't required to have air bags or something to soften impacts? 10. Why trains don't have better braking systems? OLIs message now shows train brakes obviously suck. 11. Why there are no bidding invitations on the obviously overcharged crossing projects the tax-payers pay the railroads for. $10,000 just to get the equipment to the sight. TRUCKED IN. 12. Why trains are allowed to run in the fog? 13. Why the crossings aren't lit up so drivers can see the black rail cars across the tracks at night? 14. Why railroads remove and steal signals we paid for on closed re-worked crossings? 15. Why $$$millions$$$ of the rail safety budget we pay in is wasted on needless reworks at crossings preventing signals where needed? 16. Why the railroad isn't required to de-ice crossings before they roll the trains? 17. Why the railroad isn't require
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