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Richard Lessert, 35, and Douglas Schmitz. 58, dead when struck by train near Edgemont, South Dakota

Modified Date: 
Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:30pm
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

BNSF identifies 2 railroad workers killed in South Dakota

BNSF Railway has released the names of two employees who were struck and killed by a train in South Dakota.

The railroad on Thursday identified the victims as 35-year-old gang foreman Richard Lessert and 58-year-old motor vehicle operator Douglas Schmitz. Lessert had 10 years of service with BNSF while Schmitz was employed by the railroad for 39 years.

People Involved: 
Richard Lessert
Douglas Schmitz

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