In the Line of Duty: Dennis Vinson
BLET Division 230 (Meridian, Miss.) member Dennis Vinson was killed in a collision between his Norfolk Southern train and a gasoline tanker truck on June 25. He was 58 years old.
The train had a three-man crew. The train's conductor, Anthony J. "Tony" Mills, 58, was also killed in the accident, and the brakeman, Charles LaBella, 58, jumped off the rear of the train and suffered minor injuries, police said. The driver of the truck, Henry Blount, also died.
The driver of the truck caused the accident by disregarding safety signals. Shortly before the crash, Blount had picked up more than 8,000 gallons of gasoline at the Chalmette Refining plant. The billowing black smoke resulting from the collision hung in the air and could be seen across the metro New Orleans area.
BLET National President Don Hahs extended deepest sympathy to the Vinson family on behalf of the 50,000 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He ordered the flag at National Division headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, to be flown at half-mast in honor of our Brother who lost his life in the line of duty.
Brother Vinson joined the BLET on June 1, 1990.
Services for Brother Vinson were held on June 29 at the Fielding Funeral Home in Covington, Louisiana. ·
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