Archive for Monday, February 7, 2011

Icy conditions contributed to pickup-train accident that killed rural Lecompton man

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

February 7, 2011


An accident report says that icy and snowpacked conditions at a railroad crossing contributed to a crash that killed a rural Lecompton man last Friday afternoon.

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman, said the engineer and conductor aboard an eastbound train told officers the pickup truck’s driver was unable to stop at the crossing at East 950 Road and slid in front of the train on the icy and snowpacked gravel road.

Sheriff’s officials said 22-year-old Kyle Snyder died after his northbound pickup truck collided with the BNSF Railway train at the public crossing. The train came to a stop about one half-mile east of the crossing, which is identified by crossbuck signs but does not have flashing lights or gates.

The crash happened just after noon Friday. Lewis said the report also indicated Snyder was driving too fast for the icy and snowpacked conditions. Lewis said Monday there was no evidence that alcohol contributed.


gbulldog 7 years, 2 months ago

My sympathy to the family of the person killed, to the train crew, and the perons who had to cleanup the accident. One of the problems I discovered with winter driving is having automatic transmissions in overdrive. If you have the transmission in a lower gear, letting up on the gas peddales allows engine braking to slow the vehicle enabling the driver to help maintain control in icy conditions.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 2 months ago

That is true, but probably wouldn't have helped very much in a pickup, not unless the rear was really loaded down.

radicool12 7 years, 2 months ago

that does not necessarly work all the time not on ice i no the kid and he did no how to drive the road there is bad and needs to be fixed and more lights there and arms to come

thebigspoon 7 years, 2 months ago

If he was driving too fast for the road conditions it wouldn't have mattered if there were arms and signals there anyway... He lived right there by where it happened and knew those tracks were there. It is unfortunate what happened but don't blame that crossing...

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 2 months ago

He leaves behind a fiance (who, only by chance, wasn't in the truck with him). Many are hurting over this loss, so keep them in your prayers.

juststrugglin 7 years, 2 months ago

Totally agree, tonight and tomorrow will be tough on many. Kyle touched a lot of people in many ways. Keep everyone in your prayers.

newmedia 7 years, 2 months ago

Sympathy to the train crew also. Nothing could be worse than seeing what is about to happen and knowing you have no chance to stop. Everyone involved in these situations are victims in one sense or another.

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