KINGMAN, Arizona — One Herzog Railroad Services worker was killed and another was hurt seriously in a train collision that occurred Tuesday in rural northwest Arizona.
A spokesman for St. Joseph-based Herzog said 63-year-old Walter W. Erickson of Lenexa, Kansas, was killed in the accident.
The employee who was seriously injured was identified as 26-year-old Matthew C. Thompson of Salem, Missouri.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said the collision happened northeast of Kingman, Arizona. Deputies said they responded to a report of the accident outside of Truxton, Arizona, west of Flagstaff, on tracks owned by BNSF Railway.
Upon arrival at the scene, deputies said they discovered that one train had derailed and the other had sustained major damage.
Thompson was taken away from the scene by an Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter.
Officials with BNSF said its southern mainline between Southern California and Chicago remained closed Wednesday due to the collision. A BNSF spokeswoman said one locomotive had derailed but was upright, and that two freight cars also had derailed.
An investigation continues into the circumstances, according to authorities.