Train tragedy remains under investigation
By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD
The National Transportation Safety Board began hearings on the June 24, 2012, crash that claimed the lives of three area men. The fourth crewmember jumped from the locomotive prior to the collision and survived with no major injuries. The smell of smoke and sound of emergency vehicles filled the air in Goodwell, OK within minutes of the 10:01 a.m. CMT crash. The eastbound train that had departed from Dalhart at approximately 8:45 a.m. collided with a westbound train that departed from Pratt, KS at approximately 5:32 a.m. while operating on a straight track near Goodwell, OK. Fuel tanks from the derailed locomotives were ruptured and created an immense diesel fed fire that burned rapidly for hours and the heat from the fiery inferno all but welded the massive locomotives together. Damages were estimated at $14.79 million.
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