Texas town grieves loss of three after train wreck in Oklahoma Panhandle

Dalhart, Texas, was hit hard by head-on collision Sunday in the Oklahoma Panhandle. One victim lost his father 20 years ago in a train accident.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: June 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm •  Published: June 27, 2012
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The funeral home issued obituaries for Dan Hall; Brian L. Stone, 49, a conductor from Dalhart; and John Hall (no relation to Dan Hall), 49, an engineer from nearby Channing, Texas.

The conductor of one of the trains jumped just before the crash, escaping serious injury, Union Pacific Railroad spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said. The United Transportation Union identified the conductor who jumped to safety as Juan Zurita. Each train reportedly carried two crew members.

About the victims

Dan Hall lettered in football and basketball for Dalhart High School, graduating in 1975. He graduated from college in Knoxville, Tenn., joined the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a carpenter before going to work for Union Pacific Railroad in 1994.

Lyndell Hall said her son had a variety of interests.

He followed his father into the railroad business three years after the accident that took his dad's life.

Stone, a 1982 Dalhart High School graduate, worked for Union Pacific for a decade and loved to hunt, fish, coach Little League and spend time with family. He leaves behind his wife, Cindy, and five children, his obituary states.

John Hall ran a welding business outside of his work as an engineer, and he loved to hunt and fish, his obituary states. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, and two children. He became an engineer in 1988 and had worked as a conductor. He spent seven years in Dalhart before moving his family to Channing, his obituary states.

Lyndell Hall said there has been an outpouring of support in Dalhart.

“It's like one big family,” she said.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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