April 19, 2015

Kearney police probe death of Hastings man in likely fall

Crime Scene TapePolice say a Hastings man who was found dead in a Kearney alley last week is believed to have fallen 30 to 50 feet to his death from a fire escape.

51-year-old Craig Demoor had been released from jail the day before.

Police say foul play is not suspected. They believe his death was accidental.

Preliminary autopsy results revealed Demoor died from blunt force trauma consistent with a fall from a high place. Toxicology reports are not complete.

Court records indicate Demoor was sentenced on March 20th to 60 days in jail for driving under the influence. The same day he was sentenced to six months in jail for misdemeanor domestic third-degree assault. He was released April 6 after having credit for time served.

By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney


OSHA investigating deadly explosion

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into Tuesday’s deadly explosion at Nebraska Rail Car Cleaning Services in Omaha. 

Spokesperson Bonita Willingham says the company was inspected in 2013 after employees filed complaints. She says, “Based on our investigation we found violations related to flammable storage, power and industrial trucks, noise over-exposure, respiratory protection and confined space entry violations.” 

OSHA fined the company $6,800 and Nebraska Rail Car Cleaning Services took corrective measures. 

Willingham says OSHA did initiate a follow-up inspection at the facility several weeks ago. That investigation is ongoing.

Second man pronounced dead in Tuesday’s rail yard explosion

A second man has been pronounced dead after an explosion at Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services in Omaha.

Both were cleaning a rail tanker car.

The explosion blew 40-year-old Dallas Foulk off the top of the tanker. He died after being taken to Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition.

A second worker was trapped  inside the tanker car. He was taken from the tanker by rescue crews six hours later and pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released.

The two men were cleaning a rail car when witnesses say there was a blast followed by flames shooting into the air.

“One person was on top of the rail car when the explosion occurred throwing that person onto the ground. It also blew the ladder they used to access the inside of the car out of the car,” says Omaha Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim McCaw.

The cause has not yet been determined, but early indications show the explosion was caused by chemicals inside the tank car.

One dead, another trapped after Omaha rail yard accident

One man is dead, another trapped inside a rail car after an industrial accident in Omaha.

The Omaha Fire Department reports an explosion Tuesday afternoon at GE Rail blew one worker off the top of a tanker car. The second man was trapped inside the tanker after the explosion blew the ladder off the car.

The two appeared to have completed cleaning the inside of the tanker car when the explosion occurred. The cause of the explosion is not known at this time, according to the fire department.

A rescue of the man trapped inside the tanker will be attempted once an assessment of the hazardous material around the accident is completed.

The two men worked at a repair shop operated by GE Rail, called Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services.

GE Rail issued a written statement:

“Right now we are focused on the safety of those in the shop and our thoughts and sympathies are with those who were affected by this unfortunate accident.”

Thirty firefighters responded to an emergency call. In addition to the Omaha Fire Department, the Omaha Police Department, BNSF, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived at the scene.


Construction worker killed in weekend accident near Schuyler

Crime Scene TapeAuthorities in northeast Nebraska’s Colfax County say a construction worker was killed on Saturday near Lake Socorro.

The worker is identified as 26-year-old Craig Anderson, of Columbus.

Reports say Anderson was trying to free up a stuck cement truck by pulling it with a payloader when the chain snapped and hit him.

Anderson was declared dead at the scene.