Railroad News

Locomotive Shoving Flatcar Kills Motorist At Dangerous, Unguarded Crossing

(Jefferson City, Missouri – May 3, 2012)

The unsuspecting driver of a pickup truck died just before 11:00 P.M. Thursday night when he struck a railroad flatcar being shoved by a Union Pacific locomotive across the dangerous, unguarded UPRR crossing of Industrial Boulevard in Jefferson City, MO.

Michael Lee Bosch, 29, of Holt’s Summit, MO struck the dark colored freight car on a 40 mph speed limit street whose crossing with UP railroad tracks has no automatic protective devices such as flashing lights, bells or gates, relying instead upon standard, passive railroad crossbuck signs to warn motorists that a railroad crossing exists at that point. However, according to Jefferson City Police Captain Doug Shoemaker, railroad personnel routinely set out flares to warn motorists whenever a train backs across the street, and although he claimed such were in place Thursday night, numerous respondents to news media accounts of the tragedy told harrowing tales of the virtual impossibility to see railroad cars being pushed across that particular street at night.

Thursday night’s tragedy marked the crossing’s fourth accident and first fatality at the Industrial Blvd./UPRR intersection, although one injury had been suffered in one of the three previous accidents.