Two Men Killed in Webster County Train Crash

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When the driver of a dump truck failed to yield to an oncoming train in Webster County, he and his father, the passenger of his vehicle, were instantly killed.

On December 5, 2011 at approximately 8:10 A.M., 34-year-old Chad Lee from Ava, Missouri was operating a 1990 International dump truck and traveling southbound on Oak Lawn Road 1 mile east of Seymour, Missouri. Lee had one passenger, his 58-year-old father, Gary Lee, from Seymour, Missouri. At said time and place, Timothy Flower, age 62, from Springfield, Missouri was heading eastbound in a Burlington Northern 2011 General Electric Locomotive.

The crash occurred when Lee failed to yield to the oncoming locomotive, entered into the crossing, and was crashed into by the locomotive broadside. This particular crossing is not controlled by signal devices. It is controlled by cross bucks only. Neither driver nor passenger was wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Both Chad Lee and his father were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Webster County Coroner Michael Taylor at approximately 8:50 A.M. The next-of-kin was notified. Their bodies were transported from the scene of the crash to Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava, Missouri. The driver of the locomotive did not suffer injuries as a result of this crash.

Lee’s dump truck received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Marshfield Towing of Marshfield, Missouri. It is unknown whether Lee had automotive insurance on his vehicle at this time. Flower’s locomotive received minor damage and was driven from the scene of the crash.

This investigation was led by Troop D of Webster County. This crash was Troop D’s 107th and 108th fatality for the 2011 year.

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