(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – February 16, 2013)
Two Oklahoma City women, a mother and daughter, were killed instantly about 2:30 A.M. Saturday morning when their car was struck by a southbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway freight train at the crossing of BNSF tracks and NW 92nd Street in northwest Oklahoma City, OK.
Miayi Mathis, 44, was driving with her mother, Loyce Adeymi, 61, as a passenger when their car crossed the BNSF tracks at the non-gated crossing. Although there are flashing lights and bells at the intersection, no crossing gates are there to protect the travelling public from the daily average of 32 trains which pass there at a top allowable speed of 55 mph. The train involved was going 37 mph according to BNSF sources.
Oklahoma City Police were being assisted by BNSF Police in investigating the tragedy. Five earlier accidents at the crossing had produced a total of two non-fatal injuries, so Saturday’s tragedy was the first fatality