Railroad News

Oklahoma Man Dies At Dangerous, Unguarded Rural Union Pacific Crossing

(Dover, Oklahoma)

Another motorist death was contributed to the lack of automatic protective devices (flashing lights, bells or gates) Thursday afternoon as a 58-year-old resident of Clinton, OK died when his 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck was struck about 3:47 P.M. by a Union Pacific freight train at a dangerous, unguarded lease road crossing two miles south of Dover, OK in Kingfisher County.

The motorist, Gary Raynor, was pronounced dead at the scene according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, whose troopers investigated the tragedy, which occurred just off U.S. Highway 81.

The OHP report charged that the victim “failed to yield to the Union Pacific train”, which may not even have been whistling as it approached the private crossing.