Tulsa Railroad Worker Killed in Workplace Accident at BNSF Train Yard
08/04/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley
Tulsa, OK — A workplace accident claimed the life of a railroad employee after a train car hit an all-terrain vehicle early Thursday morning, August 4, 2011. The fatal workplace accident occurred around 2 a.m. in the BNSF Cherokee Yard in west Tulsa, reported Newson6.com.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported that railroad employee, Deborah Beeler, 39, was a passenger on the ATV that was crossing the tracks as an unoccupied flat car was rolling on the tracks. The rail car hit the ATV at a crossing near 23rd and Southwest Boulevard.
Responding emergency crews pronounced Beeler dead at the scene of the accident. Tulsa firefighters worked for two hours to free her body from the wreckage.
The driver of the ATV, Randy Battenfield, was not injured in the crash.
BNSF reportedly uses a gravity system to move individual railroad cars down the track to create a train in the yard.
Investigations are underway. It was not reported if the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would be investigating the fatal workplace accident.
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