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      BNSF employee killed in Amarillo train accident

      BNSF officials and Amarillo Police investigate Monday's fatal train accident

      Update 11:10aPolice have now released the identity of the man who was killed yesteday. Neil Thomas Touvell, 57, of Byers, Texas, was killed while on the job at BNSF.

      Officials are continuing their investigation into a railroad accident that killed a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad worker in North Amarillo Monday morning.

      Amarillo Police said a grinder, or a maintenance car, hit the man and pushed him underneath.

      "An employee of theirs (BNSF), was struck by a grinder machine," said Amarillo Police Department Lt. Gary Trupe. "He was underneath the train. EMS went underneath and train and determined the individual was deceased."

      Police have now released the identity of the man who was killed yesteday. Neil Thomas Touvell, 57, of Byers, Texas, was killed while on the job at BNSF.

      Police initially responded to the scene, near 103 S. Williams, at around 11:00 Monday morning. The man was attempting to fix what they believe was a leak when the rail car struck him, police said.

      "It does appear to be an accident," Trupe said. "They were moving that train and they found what they believe was a leak."

      The rail car was traveling at a very low rate of speed as it hit him. Police said the man had mainly internal injuries. An autopsy has been ordered by a Potter County Justice of the Peace

      Trupe said he does not anticipate any criminal charges to be filed but BNSF is continuing its internal investigation.

      A possible miscommunication is being blamed for the accident, police added.

      "Somehow through all that, some kind of miscommunication and the gentleman was struck by the western end of the train," said Trupe.

      Police also said there was at least one least one witness who was an employee.