Transportation

SMART Transportation Division National Safety Team

The SMART Transportation Division National Safety Team is comprised of 21 members of the SMART Transportation Division, each of whom is on call 24 hours a day to assist in determining the facts in rail-related accidents.

The team members are selected by the SMART Transportation Division president based upon their knowledge of operating rules and understanding of general railroad operations, train movements and dispatching.

When a major rail accident occurs, the NST coordinator immediately assigns one or more NST members, who immediately depart for the scene. The coordinator also notifies the SMART Transportation Division general chairpersons in the region and the respective state legislative director, as well the National Transportation Safety Board.

NST members assist the NTSB in ascertaining factual data relating to the accident. For more information about the work of the NST, read this article, “SMART TD safety experts on call to NTSB 24/7.”

To contact members of the NST, see the listing below.

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1. Willie Bates (1933), Co-director
1307 Brookland Pkwy.
Richmond, VA 23227


Email: williebates10@verizon.net
Office: (804) 358-6309
Cellphone: (804) 920-0691


2. Stephen Hamer (800)
5 Fox Chase Rd.,
Oak Ridge, NJ 07438


Email: stephen_hamer@live.com
Home phone: (
973) 208-8005


3. Billy Neary (256)
27 Windy Hill Rd.
Glens Falls, NY 12801


Email: NearyBilly@yahoo.com
Cellphone: (518) 232-5368


4. Jerry L. Gibson Jr. (313), Co-director
P.O. Box 739
Grandville, MI 49468


Email: SMARTMSLB@gmail.com
Office: (616) 643-8264
Cellphone: (616) 308-6381


5. Joe Ciemny (1534)
14811 Kenneth Ave.
Midlothian, IL 60445


Email: jpciemny@sbcglobal.net
Cellphone: (708) 218-2270


6. John O’Brien (1290)
1429 Marigold Ln.
Minooka, IL 60447


Email: ob1290@sbcglobal.net
Office: (312) 236-5353
Cellphone: (331) 999-2144


7. James P. Herndon (565)
260 Regency Ctr.
Collinsville, IL 62234


Email: utu_go436@earthlink.net
Office: (618) 343-6790
Cellphone: (618) 407-0577


8. Jared Cassity (1377), Alt. Director – West
343 Township Rd. 1329
Ironton, OH 45638


Email: jared.cassity@yahoo.com
Office: (740) 533-9055
Cellphone: (740) 550-6715


9. Matt Campbell (1301)
5310 Mill Run Dr.
Marietta, GA 30068


Email: smarttransportationga@gmail.com
Office: (404) 939-6846
Cellphone: (912) 660-1692


10. David Duplechain (1066)
429 Government St.
P.O. Box 3477
Baton Rouge, LA 70821


Email: dsdutu@yahoo.com
Office: (225) 383-5741
Cellphone: (504) 782-9347


11. Kamron Saunders (508)
P.O. Box 11
Smithville, TX 78957


Email: ktsutu@yahoo.com
Cellphone: (512) 304-5875


12. John Dunn (756)
203 S. Rolling View
San Antonio, TX 78253


Email: jadunn@sprynet.com
Office: (210) 413-3379
Cellphone: (210) 413-3379


13. Dan Bonawitz (1409)
306 S. Kenwood Ln.,
Olathe, KS 66062


Email: danbonawitz@yahoo.com
Cellphone: (
913) 424-9152


14. Lawrence Mozena (872)
P.O. Box 318
Weeping Water, NE 68463


Email: lawrenceandmarymozena@msn.com
Cellphone: (402) 297-9965


15. Jim Chase (1344)
1910 N 11th St.
Bismarck, ND 58501


Email: utu4nd@gmail.com
Office: (701) 223-0061
Cellphone: (701) 471-2125


16. Carl Smith (202)
1515 W. 47th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211


Email: ColoSMARTUnion@gmail.com
Office: (303) 937-0728
Cellphone: (303) 868-5895


17. Jay Seegmiller (166)
825 N. 300 W., Ste. C-145
Salt Lake City, UT 84103


Email: smart.sld.ut@gmail.com
Cellphone: (801) 209-9558


18. Scott Jones (1081)
2742 N. 136th Dr.
Goodyear, AZ 85395


Email: scott2.jones@cox.net
Office: (623) 261-2952
Cellphone: (623) 261-2952


19. Kevin Smith (1813)
8462 Sunset Trail Pl., Unit B
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730


Email: kelesm62@gmail.com
Cellphone: (909) 532-2385


20. Louis Costa (1241), Alt. Director – East
9233 Twin Brooks Ln.
Stockton, CA 95219


Email: cadlou1@sbcglobal.net
Cellphone: (209) 601-2929


21. Michael Chappell (1732)
722 Lassen St.
Richmond, CA 94805


Email: mdchappell14@gmail.com
Cellphone: (510) 333-1951