BN employee killed in switching accident by the Assoc. Press and Tribune Staff.
and fell from a freight train that was switching cars near here, authorities say.
Liberty County Undersheriff Doug Riggin said the body of Michael Vanek, 33, of Havre, was found
about 5 feet from the tracks by co-workers. Attempts to revive Vanek were unsuccessful, he said.
Vanek most likely slipped and was pinned between a railroad car's wheel and the track, Riggin said,
although details of the accident remain sketchy. As far as officials know, no one saw the accident, which
occured near Inverness at about 9 p.m., he added.
Pat Kelm, division superintendent for BN, said there is "no question" that the death was an accident.
As part of routine procedure, the Federal Railroad Administration will investigate the accident.
Vanek was a brakeman and switchman with BN for the past seven years, but was working at the time of
the accident as a conductor, authorities said, He was a labor representative for switchman and served on
the BN safety committee.
Rosary will be Thursday at the Holland & Bonine Funeral Home in Havre. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday
at St. Judes Catholic Church, with burial in
A Lewistown native, Vanek's family also lived
in Choteau before moving here in 1964. He attended St Jude's school and
Surviving are his parents, John and Marie Vanek
of Helena; sister, Marianne Vanek of