Railroad News

Tucson Pizza Delivery Driver Killed By Union Pacific Freight Train

(Tucson, Arizona – June 4, 2011)

A Domino’s Pizza delivery driver was pronounced dead at a Tucson hospital after she was struck by a Union Pacific freight train at the Rita Road UPRR crossing in southeast Tucson around 5:00 P.M. Saturday afternoon.

The victim, 52-year-old Laurie Deibel, had just completed a delivery prior to the tragedy. She was still alive when Tucson firefighters extricated her from her crushed vehicle, but was pronounced dead after being airlifted by helicopter to University Medical Center.

The train struck her car on the driver’s side and, as usual, railroad authorities allege that “the railroad crossing arms had been lowered and warning signals were working when Diebel drove her car onto the tracks.” Even though she was working at the time and there was no reason to speculate about it, authorities said “drugs and alcohol didn’t appear to be factors in the accident.”