Electric Worker Hit By Train, Killed In Edmond


Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 11:04 pm
By: News 9


Bob Mills SkyNews 9 was over the scene after an Edmond man is found dead, and police say it appears he was hit by a train.

It happened near 25th and Broadway near the Academy and InTown Suites.

The train was traveling southbound when it hit and killed Edmond Electric Worker, Bob Waterson Tuesday evening. Edmond city officials say Waterson was with the company for more than 34 years.

“I see the cops like resuscitating, like reviving someone, and then they pulled away the stretcher," said witness, Josh Harris. "No body was on there.”

Harris and his family are staying in the nearby InTown Suites. He says they heard the train conductor sounding his horn uncontrollably around 5:50 p.m. Tuesday.

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“It startled me kind of, so I came and saw what was going on,” Harris said.

A man was hit and killed along the tracks.

According to Edmond police, the victim and a tow truck operator were working to get his Edmond Electric truck out of the brush.

“The tow truck driver did tell our officers that they were trying to get a vehicle that was stuck, trying to move it, trying to hook it up and move it, and the train was coming and he didn't get off the tracks fast enough,” Edmond Police Department Spokeswoman, Jenny Monroe said.

The electric truck sat on the east of the tracks, the tow truck directly behind it.

“They were trying to maneuver the chains and get it hooked up to the vehicle," Monroe said.

“They were trying to stop,” Harris said.

Traffic was blocked at Broadway and 15th for hours as police and fire tried to clear the scene.

An investigation is underway by Edmond police.

The train company, BNSF, will conduct its own investigation.