Locomotive engineer, J.M. Roybal, 44 years old at the time of his death, and C.W. Reagan, 34 years old at the time of his death, were both members of BLE Division 29 in Pueblo, Colorado. They were killed following the derailment of their Denver & Rio Grande Western locomotive, which resulted in a chemical spill, near Leadville, Colorado, on February 21, 1996.
Brother Roybal had earned promotive to locomotive engineer on February 1, 1977. Brother Reagan was working as a Student Engineer at the time of the fatal derailment, a position he had held since January 1, 1996.