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Locomotive engineer Mark A. Poler, 41 years old at the time of his death, was a member of BLE Division 892 in Seattle, Wash. Locomotive engineer Wayne R. Kronberger, 40 years old at the time of his death, was a member of BLE Division 518 in Seattle, Wash. Both men were killed when a Burlington Northern freight train collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train near Kelso, Wash., on November 11, 1993.

Brother Poler had earned promotion to locomotive engineer for the Union Pacific on November 1, 1990. Brother Kronberger had been employed by the Burlington Northern since March of 1979 and had earned promotion to locomotive engineer in July of 1980.