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And a community bids farewell

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There was no fanfare, no train bells ringing, only close friends, family and silent tears as the church bells downtown chimed at the top of the hour.  Eighty-two days following the tragic accident of two Union Pacific trains in Goodwell, Brian Stone and Dan Hall are laid to rest in private, separate services on September 14, which would have been Dan Hall’s 57th birthday.  Friends and family members gathered for a closed service to say their final goodbyes to two of the three men lost in the horrific accident that stunned the Dallam and Hartley communities. Stone and Dan Hall’s remains were released by the State of Oklahoma’s Medical Examiners office earlier this week. John Hall’s remains were released shortly after the accident and his services were held in June.
Friends, neighbors, railroaders and their families mourned the loss of three well-known men in the small sleepy town once known as Twist Junction. Many people were in disbelief that such an event could hit so close to home. As time passes things appear to be returning to normal but not exactly. The loss remains for family and friends. Fundraisers are being held and our own Golden Wolves Marching Band memorialized our fallen railroaders in their opening game Friday, August 31.  Birthdays have passed and holidays are approaching with memories and unanswered questions. When will the families and friends receive an answer, just what happened on the scorching hot summer day in Oklahoma?

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