Railroad News

Oil Field Worker Dies At Dangerous, Unguarded Union Pacific Crossing

(Midland, Texas – October 29, 2011)

A 20-year-old oil field worker, on his way to work in the early morning darkness about 5:57 A.M. Saturday, collided with the side of a Union Pacific train crossing FM 662 (West Industrial Avenue) in Midland, TX, crushing the truck’s cab and killing him instantly.

There are no electronic warning devices (lights, bells, gates) at the crossing, which is equipped only with standard, passive railroad crossbuck signs to protect the driving public from trains. Christian Vincent Lafountain of Odessa, TX was driving his 2011 Ford pickup to work when the tragedy occurred.

The victim was pronounced dead by Precinct 2 Judge David Cobos, while the investigation was conducted by Cpl. Dwayne Dickson of the Midland DPS office, who would not speculate if a toxicology test would be conducted.

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