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AMARILLO, TX – A BNSF railroad worker was killed on Monday, January 9, 2012 in an Amarillo rail yard while moving a piece of railroad maintenance equipment.

Rail yard in Amarillo, TX where a BNSF railroad worker was killed in a train accident with a maintenance car on January 9, 2012.

Amarillo is located in Potter and Randall County in the northern part of the state. The accident occurred in Potter County.


The accident occurred shortly after 11:00 a.m. Monday morning on a section of track in an Amarillo, TX rail yard near the Ross St overpass between S Williams St and S Aldredge St.

Map showing location of fatal train accident in an Amarillo, TX rail yard where a BNSF railroad worker was killed on a section of track between S Williams and S Aldredge Streets.

An article in the Amarillo Globe-News website reports:

The accident occurred on railroad tracks between South Williams Street and the Ross Street overpass in north Amarillo … BNSF employees were moving a rail grinder car from one track to another when the car struck the man, throwing him under the car … They were moving the car because they had discovered a leak and were going to repair it

The railroad worker who was killed was identified as Tommy Touvell, 57 years old, from Byers, TX a town near Wichita Falls and about 249 miles southeast of Amarillo.

Investigators are trying to understand what happened. The victim was working with a group of railroad employees and was on the tracks where he was supposed to be at the time. Apparently there was some sort of miscommunication between him and the maintenance car driver, who was not able to see him on the tracks at the time.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

FELA Lawyer News Blog is a FELA, train accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States. The Federal Employers ‘Liability Act, (FELA) allows injured railroad workers to recover compensation based on the negligence of the railroad company, in lieu of workers’ compensation. FELA defines negligence as the railroad company’s failure to use reasonable care.

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