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Kansas Semi Driver Seriously Injured by Watco Train at Unguarded Crossing

By September 21, 2018 No Comments

(Haven, Kansas – September 15, 2018)

The 66-year-old driver of a semi loaded with grain was rushed to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS after he stopped at a stop sign posted at the otherwise unguarded crossing of Victory Road near Haven, KS, and then proceeded, only to be struck by a Kansas & Oklahoma freight train Saturday about 3 PM, CDT.

Floyd C. Bogner, Jr. of Burton, KS was likely not aware of the approaching eastbound train as the K&O/Victory Road crossing in Reno County. According to statistics kept by the Federal Railroad Administration, the crossing is used by an average of two K&O freight trains daily which pass at a maximum allowable speed of 40 mph, and was the site of one previous, non-injury collision.

The crash between the 1994 International tractor pulling the grain-laden trailer and the train, owned by the privately-held Watco short and regional railroad conglomerate, based in Pittsburg, KS, derailed several cars and locomotives.  The crash resulted in  blockages of both Victory and Haven Roads.