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BLET Division 230 (Meridian, Miss.) member Dennis Vinson was killed in a collision between his Norfolk Southern train and a gasoline tanker truck on June 25, 2004. He was 58 years old. Brother Vinson joined the BLET on June 1, 1990. The train had a three-person crew. The train’s conductor, Anthony J. “Tony” Mills, 58, was also killed in the accident, and the brakeman, Charles LaBella, 58, jumped off the rear of the train and suffered minor injuries. The driver of the truck, Henry Blount, also died.