Railroad News

Texas Teen Seriously Injured At Rural, Dangerous, Unguarded Oklahoma Crossing

(Bryan County, Oklahoma – October 1, 2011)

Two Denison, TX-area teenagers drove across the Red River into neighboring Oklahoma early Saturday morning about 1:50 A.M., only to encounter a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train at the dangerous, unguarded crossing of Cordell Road in Bryan County, OK.

Nicholas Pettry, 16, of Denison, TX, a passenger in a Chevrolet Suburban was seriously injured when the vehicle was hit by a BNSF train, rolled, and he was ejected through the Suburban’s passenger side window. No report as to the driver, Charles Lyde, 18, of Colbert, TX. The Cordell Road crossing of BNSF Railroad tracks lacks any electronic protection (lights, bells or gates), relying solely upon passive railroad crossbuck signs to inform motorists to watch for train.

The victim was rushed to Texoma Medical Center in Denison, TX, in serious condition, suffering from internal trunk injuries. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Robby Keeling surmised that the uninjured driver, Charles Lyde, 18, of Colbert, TX may have been under the influence of drugs.