The Edmond Sun

May 9, 2013

Edmond man, 60, dies in fiery collision with train

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A 60-year-old Edmond man was killed when his vehicle was struck by a train in Noble County, troopers said.

At 12:52 p.m. Wednesday, Richard A. Knight Jr., 60,  of Edmond, was driving a 2013 Mack truck on County Road 310 just north of County Road Lariat, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The vehicle was making a wide right turn from a private drive, heading south, and did not see the train, troopers said. The train struck the vehicle on the driver’s side, and the vehicle caught fire, troopers said.

Knight, the only individual in the vehicle, was pinned for an hour and a half before he was freed by the Pawnee Fire Department, troopers said. He was pronounced dead at the scene due to the truck fire and transported to the Oklahoma medical examiner’s office, troopers said.

Cause of the collision was failure to yield, troopers stated in their report. Condition of the driver of the vehicle was not known, troopers said.

The freight train was operated by BNSF Railway Company. The collision occurred on an undivided, two-lane gravel road under cloudy skies. The vehicle was not equipped with airbags, troopers said.

Other responding agencies were the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office and the Morrison Fire Department. | 341-2121, ext. 108