On Saturday, near Joplin, Montana, when the car derailed, 28-year-old Zach Schneider was one of three victims.
Fairview Heights, Illinois-when Amtrak train derailed On Saturday, near Joplin, Montana, passengers subsequently filmed a video showing several cars scattered around them on dusty country tracks. Three people were killed in the accident, including Fairview Heights man Zach Schneider.
28-year-old Schneider and his 26-year-old wife Beka went on a cross-country trip. The two travelled on a passenger train carrying about 160 people to Portland, Oregon.
Becca told 5 On Your Side that she was still in Montana and made the following statement:
“Zach Schneider is a funny, kind, compassionate, intelligent and beautiful person. He is an amazing husband, software developer, debate coach and friend. He likes board games, bonfires, packers and delicious barbecues. (Especially from 17th Street). He is loved by his wife, family, friends and pets and will be deeply missed.”
“His goal is to give McKendree and students in the wider debate community an educational and personal enriching experience in the debate. For this he worked tirelessly-writing and editing arguments, judging debates, providing post-match feedback, organizing competitions , And the leading national debate organization,” McKendree Debate Director Joe Blasdell wrote to faculty after Schneider’s death.
Blasdell said that Schneider’s election to the National Council Excellence Championship Board showed an “unprecedented level of service” and explained that this is a promise that usually only a full-time debate coach can undertake.
A sort of GoFundMe account can help pay for Schneider’s funeral expenses The organizer’s goal of USD 20,000 was reached and exceeded within the first 24 hours of going live.
Organizers said they are still determining the cause of the derailment. In a briefing on Monday afternoon, they said that the black box of the locomotive indicated a speed between 75-78 mph, which was below the 79 mph speed limit in the area.