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The missing crew member for Union Pacific was found Friday night, raising the death count from one to two. Engineer Jason Martinez, who was with UP for twelve years, and Conductor Benjamin Brozovich, who was with UP for 20 years were both on the moving train when it collided with the stationary train.
The crew members from the stationary train were not injured, but they were taken to the hospital for a mandatory drug screening after the incident occurred.
The National Transportation Safety Board is working with different agencies to determine what led to the collision. This may take up to five days.
Exit 345 on I-80 (Warren Road) is now closed after a train derailment Thursday night. The truck parking area at the interchange, and the service road (Harriman Road) are also closed, however through traffic to the quarries in that area is allowed.
The closure comes at the request of Union Pacific Rail Road's safety team as cleanup work begins. UPRR says it could take up to 10 days to clean up the site.
The closure will remain in place as cleanup continues.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.
One person is dead and one is still missing after two trains were involved in a rear end collision west of Cheyenne Thursday evening.
Around 7:45 p.m. the Laramie County Sheriff's Office received a call about a train derailment. Two trains were travelling eastbound near exit 345 on I-80 when the rear train collided with the other. It is reported that both trains were Union Pacific. There were four personnel on board the two trains. One was confirmed dead on the scene, one is still missing in the wreckage and the other two were being treated at the hospital.
Wyoming Highway Patrol was on scene along with the Region 7 Hazmat Team. There was a mix of cargo on the trains, but there was no immediate health hazard.
From I-80, drivers could see roughly 20 law enforcement and emergency management vehicles and more personnel.
Exit 345 was closed to all traffic along with the Frontage Road along I-80.
This article first appeared on www.ksnblocal4.com
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