BNSF employee killed by train car

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad employee is dead, after being struck by a train car in north Amarillo Monday morning.

57-year-old Tommy Touvell of Wichita Falls, was killed while working on the railroad tracks near the Ross overpass on south Williams Street.
Lt. Gary Trupe with the Amarillo Police Department says, "The train was just moving from one position to another. It wasn't going very fast at all. I bet it was less than 4 miles an hour."

BNSF tells us he was working on tracks in North Amarillo this morning with a group of employees who were moving a train car to another location for repair. He was out on the tracks during this procedure, when the train car struck him and killed him immediately.

Lt. Trupe explains, "There are not a lot of visible injuries. We feel it is probably internal injuries, but due to the size of the train, it is probably pretty significant."

Officials say the man was supposed to be on the tracks at the time.

They believe there was some sort of miscommunication between the man and the person driving the train maintenance car and that he could not be seen on the tracks.

Lt. Trupe says, "I'm pretty convinced this was an accident and there was nothing criminal that took place. Obviously they will go over it and see if there is anything they can do to keep it from happening again, but that is going to be more of an internal operation. There is nothing we see that makes us believe there was any criminal intent on anybody's part. It was just a bad accident."

Although his death is not considered suspicious, an autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday.

We spoke with his brother who tells us, Touvell was set to retire in just a few years, after working for BNSF for nearly 40 years, a childhood dream of his.