and grandson killed by train in Plantersville
BY MARGOT DENNEY
Eagle Staff Writer
A Grimes County
man and his 9-year-old grandson were killed by a train Saturday
afternoon as their pickup truck crossed the railroad tracks in Plantersville.
The 51-year-old driver, Donald Badeau, lived in the area and was
familiar with the crossing, according to Grimes County authorities.
His seven-year-old granddaughter was also in the vehicle at the
time of the accident and was airlifted by helicopter to Hermann
Hospital in Houston with serious injuries. She remained in a critical
condition late Saturday night.
Sheriff Don Sowell said the GMC pickup truck was traveling west
along County Road 202 when it was struck by the northbound train
at approximately 3 p.m.
Sowell said there was no arm or flashing lights at the dirt roads
intersection with the Union Pacific tracks.
Trooper Sarah Skrivanek of the Department of Public Safety said
all three passengers in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts when
the train hit the car.
The train was estimated to be traveling at about 45 mph, Skrivanek
said. The trains engineer was questioned at the scene.
Skrivanek said she was not aware of any similar auto-train accidents
at the intersection in the past. It is not unusual for country
roads crossing the train tracks not to have any warning signals,
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