BLE member killed in crew transport collision
CLEVELAND, March 23 -- Two Union Pacific Railroad employees -- including a BLE engineer -- were killed while deadheading from Houston to the Union Pacific terminal in Alexandria, La., earlier this week.
On March 21, their van slowed down for a highway construction zone on Interstate 10, just east of Lake Charles, La., when it was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler. The van was shoved into the rear of another 18 wheeler, killing BLE engineer Raymond J. St. Marie, 48, and Conductor Mikel Deramus, 48. The van driver died the next day.
Brother St. Marie was a member of BLE Division 366 in Houston, Texas. He joined the BLE on Sept. 1, 1980, as an engineer for the old Southern Pacific. He was Chaplain of Division 366 from 1997-2000.
"His loyalty to the Brotherhood and his honor and integrity among his peers was a testimony to his personal faith and a credit to his craft," said Brother D.C. Battle, Secretary-Treasurer of BLE Division 62 (Houston, Texas).
"Mike was a special friend of mine," said Brother C.J. Hadley, BLE Division 193 (Gretna, La.). "He was a pleasure to know and work with; our meetings over the years were too far and few between."
"Our deepest sympathies go out to the St. Marie family and the Deramus family," said BLE International President Edward Dubroski. "Brother St. Marie is the 23rd BLE member killed in the line of duty since 1996 and the second this year."
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