New rail safeguards in Kelso where 3 died

  • Thu Jan 5th, 2012 1:11pm
  • News

Associated Press

KELSO — Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway says automatic flashing lights and crossing gates have been installed at a rail crossing where three people died last March when a freight train struck their van.

The Daily News of Longview also reported that the Federal Railroad Administration’s investigation into the crash should be ready for public release in the next two months.

Killed in the crash at the Kelso train yard were Coach America shuttle van driver Steven Sebastian of Castle Rock and BNSF employees Tom Kenny of Shoreline and Christopher Loehr of Seattle. A third railroad employee, Dwight Hauck of Auburn, was injured.

State officials say a parked train would have made it difficult for the driver to see the Seattle-bound train that struck the van.