BNSF Verdict

A Pawnee County jury awarded $9 million in damages to the family of an Edmond man killed in a May 2013 crash at a railroad crossing. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World

The family of a man killed in a 2013 collision with a BNSF train at a railroad crossing was awarded $6.3 million by a Pawnee County jury.

Richard Knight of Edmond died in the ensuing explosion and fire after his vehicle was struck by a BNSF train on May 8, 2013. The jury found BNSF guilty of reckless disregard for safety concerning the railroad crossing in Lela, seven miles west of Pawnee, where Knight was killed, according to a news release.

Knight’s view was reportedly obstructed by old BNSF-owned structures on railroad property next to the tracks, and at least eight accidents had occurred there before his death.

Jurors issued a $9 million judgment while placing 70% of the blame on the railroad, hence the award to Knight’s family of $6.3 million.

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Stetson covers breaking news, general assignment and other stories. He previously worked at the Enterprise-Journal in Mississippi. He is from Broken Arrow and graduated with a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University. Phone: 918-581-8466

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