‘Our worst nightmare’: 4 men hit by train in Kansas, killing 3 and leaving families devastated
STILWELL, Kan. (KAKE) — Three neighborhood friends were killed and another critically injured on Saturday when their Jeep collided with a train in eastern Kansas.
Johnson County deputies were called at 6:30 p.m. to the tracks near Stilwell where the Jeep was struck. WDAF reports Brent Moroney, Kevin Corbin and Troy Hamlin died in the accident. A fourth man who has not been publicly identified, remains in the hospital.
“Always friends with everybody in the neighborhood, upstanding guys who are always willing to help out with projects around the neighborhood,” friend John Bartsch said of the four men. “Having a great time with everybody, super friendly.”
Their families told the Kansas City Fox affiliate that the friends were interested in buying nearby land and went to look at it. Their families believe they got lost, crossed over tracks on the private property and didn’t hear or see the train.
A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said there are no lights or bars on the property.
“The shock and the finality have all certainly, just it’s something that the community will take a long time to get over,” Bartsch said.
The three men who died leave behind their wives and nine total children. The man who is in the hospital is also married and has two children.
The families released the following statement to WDAF:
“This is an unfathomable tragedy our families have had to endure. Brent, Kevin and Troy are hard working, loving, dedicated husbands and fathers who were enjoying a beautiful day with their families and adoring neighbors.
“They expressed interest in purchasing land in the area for recreational use to share amongst their families. The devastated families left behind are struggling to comprehend how this well-intentioned excursion turned into our worst nightmare.
“Our 9 young children have lost their beloved fathers and uncle and 2 are watching their father fight for his life. We ask the community for their compassion as we work through this trying time.”