Archive for Friday, February 4, 2011

Rural Lecompton man dies after train strikes pickup truck northwest of Lakeview Lake

One person died when a BNSF freight train hit a truck near Lakeview Lake Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

February 4, 2011, 12:30 p.m. Updated February 4, 2011, 7:49 p.m.


Emergency workers gather at the scene of a fatal accident involving a BNSF train and a truck near Lakeview Lake Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

Emergency workers gather at the scene of a fatal accident involving a BNSF train and a truck near Lakeview Lake Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

A 22-year-old rural Lecompton man died early Friday afternoon after a train hit a pickup truck northwest of Lawrence.

Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said the collision occurred at a BNSF Railway Company crossing at East 950 Road, northwest of Lakeview Lake. The train came to a stop about a half-mile east of the crossing, and the truck had sustained heavy damage, especially on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

The accident was reported just after noon. After they notified his family, sheriff’s officials Friday evening identified the victim as Kyle Snyder.

Hornberger said Snyder was the driver of the pickup truck and that no one else was in the vehicle. The pickup truck was headed north on East 950 Road, which is a gravel road, at the crossing, the undersheriff said.

Andy Williams, a BNSF spokesman, said it was a public crossing that was not protected by flashing lights or gates. The intersection does have crossbucks identifying it as a railroad crossing, he said. The train was headed from California to the Kansas City area.

Lexie Engleman, who lives in the area, said neighbors are cautious of the crossing, especially because it does not have lights and gates and because it is an isolated road.

“I think any crossing is dangerous, but I think it’s one that you really need to be careful with,” she said. “If you’re not familiar with it, it can come up on you before you know it.”

Hornberger said Friday evening he could not comment about whether snowy or icy conditions could have played a factor because he said officers were still examining several factors. He said the accident remained under investigation and that no new information would likely be available until Monday.

“We’re trying to piece everything together,” Hornberger said.

Journal-World reporter Mark Fagan contributed to this story.


sallyone 7 years, 4 months ago

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Sarah Gentry 7 years, 4 months ago

It just amazes me how insensitive people can be!! This person was very close to my family. They call them accidents for a reason! My family and friends are grieving the loss of a loved one right now and you are posting ignorant comments! My thoughts and prayers are with the family!!!

BNSF8181 7 years, 4 months ago

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Deja Coffin 7 years, 4 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims family and friends. I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss.

This has nothing to do with the victim but I was wondering if that is a location that has the flashing light and crossbars (?) or one that has a sign posted. Not that it matters, just curious if anyone knows.

coop2007 7 years, 4 months ago

This crossing does not have lights or crossbars. Just a sign.

aabbott 7 years, 4 months ago

My little Sister, I am so sorry!! Please let me know if I can do anything!! I love you and my thoughts and prayers are with the entire family too!! Love Amy

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 4 months ago

This is so sad and it happens far too often. Operation Lifesaver is sponsored by all American railroads and tries to get the message out about the danger at railroad grade crossings. Engineers are required by Federal law to blow warning whistles at grade crossings that are loud enough to be heard miles away. . It simply requires greater attention to rail grade crossings and awareness of the presence of a fast moving train that connot stop while you cross in front of it. I am very sorry for the victim of this needless accident.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 4 months ago

I think we're in for one of those weekends around here!

two domestic fights in the past 20 minutes, and it is friday.

God grant peace and strength for the grieving here. death came suddenly. no time to prepare. I also pray for their support system.

krystalk 7 years, 4 months ago

RIP friend. Another one lost from SJHS. That brings the toll to 6 or 7 that I know of. Be safe everyone and my condolences to the family, girlfriend (fiance?), friends, and family. We will all miss you.

np2010 7 years, 4 months ago

Always always a good idea to be a cautious driver as well, Train tracks are dangerous cross devices or not.

BNSF8181 7 years, 4 months ago

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RegularJane 7 years, 4 months ago

So sad. He was such a good and kind person. No accident like this should ever happen. Throughts and prayers to the family.

Kyle, you will be missed by many.

BNSF8181 7 years, 4 months ago

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Grump 7 years, 4 months ago

I've driven across that crossing many times over many years. Visibility is good and it is well marked. Sorry for Mr. Snyder's family, but has nothing anything to do with "federal preemption."

Christine Anderson 7 years, 4 months ago

This is one of those things that is just senseless, and without purpose.

Lana Christie-Hayes 7 years, 4 months ago

RIP Kyle, and God Bless the family, girlfriend, and other friends of this young man. It's sad that a life is taken so soon, but God must have needed him in heaven. May His peace and love comfort those who are grieving this very sudden and sad loss!

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 4 months ago

My sympathy to the family, and prayers for the train crew as well. Must be a helpless feeling to be unable to stop quickly.

evilpenguin 7 years, 4 months ago

It seems that, even if the crossing has high visibility, it's only common sense to have lights and barriers there?!

What an unnecessary waste of a life just to save some cash.

Is there any information as to what actually happened i,e. did the truck get stuck on the line, had it broken down etc etc.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 4 months ago

For you people bashing the railroads for not providing warning lights, crossing gates and other provisions at all rail crossings, it would be financially impossible to do this. Furthermore, grade crossing warnings do not deter the occurance of accidents. Almost all American railroads belong to Operation Lifesaver and that organization strives to educate the public about the dangers of rail grade crossings. They also have many, many videos and photos of people violating those warning systems regularly. It happens all the time, some driver in a hurry tries to beat the train, sometimes driving around lowered crossing gates (which is illegal and may get you a ticket if not get you killed). You can't spend money to keep people from being inattentive or stupid. It is terrible that anyone has to be killed at a grade crossing, but despite the best efforts to educate the driving public, people are still always in a hurry, inattentive, or in some cases, just plain stupid, and many of these folks get injured or killed. This driver was familiar with this crossing, and it is difficult to determine how this happened, but it just illustrates how dangerous it can be to be inattentive while driving or to ignore posted crossbucks at all rail crossings.

JHOK32 7 years, 4 months ago

Kyle was a great guy, mere words cannot define what his family is going through right now. Please think about what you are saying on this site before posting it.. Lets please not make it any harder on the family than it already is. He was a great guy and a very hard worker, his young life ended in tragedy at the prime of his youth. He will be greatly missed, our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this incredibly difficult time.

BNSF8181 7 years, 4 months ago

i have a couple things to say

i am a railfan and enjoy trains , now that that is stated , i am really sorry to here what happend , my grandpa died in april 2010 not by trains , but death no matter what is sad. so i feel you guys. im sorry. blessings are sent.

just remember the train engeneer didnt want to kill the person. its hard to stop trains and if they could stop on a dime to have saved his life they would have, and you guys should try to work out getting a flashing lights cross buck so ur crossin is eayser to see,. i hope the best for all of you , sending anonymous love , me

StonyLonesomeFarms 7 years, 4 months ago

First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to Kyle’s family as well as Shelbie and her family. The crossing on 950E road is on the corner of my property. I have traveled that crossing several times a day for the last 30 years. The visibility when traveling north on 950 E has never been very good. There is about 40 feet of flat road up to the crossing after coming down a 35-45 degree slope for about 3/8 of a mile. The contour of the land makes difficult to see down the tracks in either direction unless you pull right up to the edge of the crossing. The crossing is marked with cross bucks and there is a RR crossing warning sign about 500 feet back on both sides of the crossing. In the 40 years my family has owned this property there has been 2 accidents on these tracks in this 1/4-mile stretch, both of which have been in the last 12 months. Railroads do a great job educating the public with their Operation Lifesaver Program and the Look, Listen, Live motto. I hope you take the time to review this motto and railroad crossing safety with all drivers in your household.

juststrugglin 7 years, 4 months ago

Rest in Peace Kyle, Shelbie you are in my thoughts and prayers, its so hard loosing a loved one.

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