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Off the Wall News: Train rams into herd of sheep, killing 67

Tim Gurrister, Standard-Examiner • Jan 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM

HONEYVILLE, Utah — The ranching family whose sheep were decimated by a Union Pacific train has formally filed a damage claim with the railroad.

Marlon Bingham said two more of his sheep have died from their injuries when struck by the train Nov. 16 after his herd of roughly 1,000 spread across the tracks, bringing the number of sheep killed by the train to 67.

He expects two more to succumb to their injuries complicated by infection in coming days.

The Binghams were waiting for the flock to stabilize before firming up the damage claim. The train killed 62 initially in the near-midnight encounter, with another roughly 20 treated for injuries, mostly broken legs needing splints.

The dollar loss is calculated at roughly $13,000, given estimates from the buyers he typically deals with, Bingham said, which put a $175 figure on each of 28 lambs killed, and between $165 to $200 to yearlings and others.

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