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December 31, 2013

Oil field mud truck driver killed in collision with train

ENID, Okla. — An oil field mud truck driver was killed Monday evening in Woods County when the vehicle was struck by a train.

Michael Linn Weber, 47, of Waynoka, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:05 p.m. collision on county road 480, half a mile east of county road 470.

According to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, Weber was southbound in an oil field mud truck on county road 480 when the vehicle crossed the tracks and was struck by a train. Weber was ejected from the mud truck, but troopers are still investigating how far he was ejected.

The engineer of the 88-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe train, Rex Alan Benell, 63, of Enid, was uninjured. Conductor Jeremy Nichols, 32, also of Enid, was not injured.

The report lists Weber’s condition at the time of the collision as “not applicable/unknown.” The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

Weber was not wearing his seat belt, according to the report.

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