In The Line of Duty

L.W. "Wayne" Edenfield

BLE member L.W. "Wayne" Edenfield died on May 7 from injuries sustained in an Amtrak collision with a log truck near Hinesville, Ga., on May 6.

Brother Edenfield, 53, was the locomotive engineer of Amtrak's Silver Star (Train No. 91) when a log truck pulled into his path at 7:25 a.m. in Liberty County, east of Hinesville, Ga. The locomotive and all 10 cars derailed, but they remained upright.

The truck driver was immediately killed in the crash and Brother Edenfield had been on life support since yesterday. Twenty-two others were injured in the crash. The train was traveling from New York to Miami with about 150 passengers and 14 crew members.

The accident happened at a grade crossing that is marked by a cross buck. There are no crossing gates at the dirt-road intersection.

Brother Edenfield was a member of BLE Division 35 (Jacksonville, Fla.), having served a term as its Secretary-Treasurer in the late 1990s. He first joined the BLE on April 1, 1983.

On behalf of all BLE members in the United States and Canada, BLE International President Don M. Hahs extended deepest sympathy to Brother Edenfield's friends and family. As is customary when a BLE member is killed in the line of duty, President Hahs ordered the BLE's flag atop the Standard Building in downtown Cleveland to be flown at half mast for the next three days.

Brother Wayne Connor, former Chairman of the Louisiana State Legislative Board, was killed on June 26, 2000, when a log truck pulled in front of his locomotive in East Feliciana Parish, La.

Brother Edenfield is the 32nd BLE member to die in the line of duty since January of 1996.



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