A veteran Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive engineer, a conductor trainee and the shuttle driver giving them a ride were killed when their van was struck by a freight train at a BNSF railyard near Longview. Another railroad employee remains in critical condition Thursday at a Portland hospital.
Spokesman Gus Melonas says investigators are looking for a cause of the Wednesday afternoon accident.
Melonas says the dead are 58-year-old engineer Tom Kenny, a 22-year BNSF veteran based in Seattle; and 28-year-old Christopher Loehr, a conductor trainee since January, also based in Seattle.
Kelso Police Chief Sandy Hamilton says the van driver who was killed is 60-year-old Steven Sebastian of Castle Rock.
Hamilton says the third railway employee, 52-year-old Dwight Leonard Hauck of Auburn, is in critical condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland..