Lariat death being investigated

CNJ staff

The work-related death of a grain inspector Friday in Lariat is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a company official said.

Johnny Torres, 38, of Farwell was killed when he slipped and fell under a train, according to Bill Prince, owner of Farwell Grain and Inspection.

Torres worked for the company about 15 years, Prince said. He was also a manager for the company.

“We’re just stunned,” Prince said. “He was a wonderful person, a good family man.”

Prince said Torres was gathering grain samples from train cars at the AGP Grain Cooperative in Lariat when the accident occurred.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident, Prince said.

Representatives of Burlington Northern Santa Fe said earlier this week they were unfamiliar with the case.

Torres is survived by a wife and three children, according to an obituary supplied to the newspaper.