Two MOW workers die on BNSF tracks in South Dakota

National Transportation Safety Board investigating
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EDGEMONT, S.D. — National Transportation Safety Board investigators are beginning to look into why two BNSF Railway maintenance-of-way employees died Jan. 17 while cleaning a switch near Edgemont. Trains News Wire has learned that a gang foreman, age 35, and a motor vehicle operator, age 58, were struck by a train and fatally injured while cleaning the switch on BNSF’s Powder River Subdivision.

The railroaders had 10 and 39 years of service, respectively. Both employees were based at Edgemont. News Wire is withholding the names of the victims pending confirmation of their identities.

Reports from the scene indicate the incident happened around 10:15 a.m. just north of where BNSF tracks cross under U.S. Highway 18, beyond the northern edge of the city. BNSF operates a yard and crew change point on the east side of Edgemont, which is south of the Black Hills in the southwestern corner of South Dakota. Traffic on the line consists of loaded and empty coal trains.

A BNSF representative offered her condolences to the families and railroaders who are affected by the deaths.

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