CLEVELAND, January 12 -- According to preliminary reports, a member of BLE Division 255 (Steubenville, Ohio) was killed early yesterday morning near South Fork, Pa.

It is believed that the engineer, D.E. Nichols Jr., stopped to inspect for flat spots and was hit by a train on an adjacent track while traveling between Conway and Harrisburg, Pa.

Nichols, 52, joined BLE Division 255 in 1971 and was a resident of Richmond, Ohio. He leaves behind a son and his father.

Nichols is the 22nd BLE member killed in the line of duty since 1996 and the first in 2001.

More details will follow as they become available.


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January 12, 2001


2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers