Roderick A. Hayes
Roderick A. Hayes, 31, was killed when two Union Pacific Railroad trains collided early in the morning Aug. 17 in Hoxie, Ark. Also killed in the collision was engineer Chance Gober, 40. Two other UP employees were injured. Both Hayes and Gober were killed on the southbound train, according to a report by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Hayes was a member of SMART Transportation Division Local 656 at North Little Rock, Ark. Hayes grew up in Chicago and attended East-West University and Chicago State University. He was an avid runner and enjoyed cars. He is survived by his wife, Sheneé; children Quentin, Rashaun Jones, Roderick Jr. and Yahara; parents Sybil and George; brother Stephon Hayes (Monica), and sister, Linda. He was preceded in death by his sister, Vonda Farmer.
A SMART Transportation Division member was killed on the job Oct. 9 in a railroad switching accident at a Colorado Springs, Colo., industrial complex. According to media reports, BNSF Railway conductor Dawn Trettenero, 42, was trapped between two rail cars. Trettenero was a member of Transportation Division Local 202 at Denver. She joined the union in December 2011. She is the second Transportation Division member to die on the job this year. She was the daughter of Phil and Jeanne Trettenero of Wheat Ridge, Colo., and Sherry Sewald Boone of Lakewood, Colo. She is survived by her brother, Darin Wecker (Kassie), stepmother Charlene Herbert, stepbrother Monty Herbert, stepsisters Malinda Herbert and Miranda Turner, and nieces and nephews.