October 24, 2014

Funds created for victims of Kelso collision

A memorial fund has been established for the three killed in a collision between a shuttle-van and freight train in Kelso, Wash., March 23.

A second fund was established to assist a UTU-member and conductor critically injured in the accident.

Killed in the collision at a private highway-rail grade-crossing were BNSF conductor-trainee Christopher Loehr, 28; BNSF locomotive engineer Thomas Kenny, 58; and van driver Steven Sebastian, 60. Critically injured was BNSF conductor Dwight Hauck, 51, a member and trustee of UTU Local 324, Seattle.

Hauck, Loehr and Kenny, who had brought a BNSF freight train from Seattle to Kelso, were passengers in the BNSF-provided shuttle van driven by Sebastian when it was hit by a BNSF freight train at the crossing. A Federal Railroad Administration investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.

Donations to the memorial fund will be divided equally among the families of Loehr, Kenny and Sebastian. They should be sent to:

BNSF Memorial Fund 2011
Account 38430
Cascade Federal Credit Union
4035 23rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98199

Donations to the fund to aid the injured Hauck and his family should be sent to:

Dwight Hauck Fund
Account 8277835552
Wells Fargo Bank
999 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104