Death Toll Now Two In Laramie County Train Crash
The body of a second Union Pacific Railroad employee has been recovered from the site of a Thursday night train crash in Laramie County.
The body of Jason Martinez, an engineer who had been with the railroad for a dozen years, was recovered on Saturday. The body of conductor Benjamin Brozovich, who worked for the U-P for two decades, was discovered shortly after the crash on Thursday.
The crash was reported shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, about 18 miles west of Cheyenne in the Harriman Road area. Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza says the crash occurred when an eastbound train rear-ended another train that was parked on the rail line.
Martinez and Brozovich were in the engine of the train which hit the parked train. Two crew members who were in the engine of the parked train had gotten out before the collision, according to Espinoza. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesman Matt Murphy said on Friday in a news release that officials think it could take up to ten days to clean up the crash scene.
Three locomotives and 56 cars from that hit the parked train were derailed, as were another nine cars from the parked train.