Two people died Tuesday after suffering injuries in separate Oklahoma accidents, authorities reported.
A longtime Edmond Electric employee was killed Tuesday evening after being struck by a train in Edmond, Edmond police and the city of Edmond reported.
The fatality accident happened about 5:50 p.m. on the railroad tracks between W 15th Street and W 33rd Street near the Broadway Extension, Edmond police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe said.
Waterson, whose age and hometown were not released Tuesday, was with tow truck employees trying to get his company vehicle free; it was stuck east of the tracks. A tow truck worker said they were clearing the area when the train approached. When he turned around, he saw Waterson had been hit by the train, Monroe said.
Waterson had been employed by Edmond Electric for nearly 34 years.
“We are incredibly saddened and shocked by this tragic accident,” said Glenn Fisher, director of Edmond Electric. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family, friends and co-workers. He was a valued part of our team and this is a big loss for many people.”
Investigators with BNSF Railway and the Edmond Police Department are investigating the incident, she said. Police shut down 15th Street for several hours to investigate the accident.
Brandi Torres, 34, of Ponca City
About 12:55 p.m., Torres was driving a car southbound on W Street. When the car and a pickup were at the W Street and Tower Road intersection, they hit each other, troopers said.
Torres died at the scene. A passenger in Torres’ car was taken to a Wichita, Kan., hospital and the pickup’s driver was treated and released from a Ponca City hospital, troopers said.
Troopers are not sure what caused the accident and are not sure if any one was wearing a seat belt.