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December 1, 2002

Man 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 road’s 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 train’s 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,” she added.


• Margot Denney’s e-mail address is mdenney@theeagle.com

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