Woman sues Wildlife and Conservation Department in husband's death

Thursday, June 5th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The widow of a state prisoner killed in a train accident is suing the state Wildlife and Conservation Department.

Cheryl Estrada is asking for more than $10,000 in a lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County.

Her husband, Antonio Garcia Estrada the third, was killed along with fellow inmate Danny Swindler and Wildlife Department employee Harold Lee Coats.

The three were headed for work detail on July 15th at the Atoka Wildlife Management Area, when the dump truck they were in was hit by a freight train.

Court records say the truck, driven by Coats, had failed to stop at a railroad crossing.

Estrada died on the way to a Sherman, Texas hospital. He was serving a five-year sentence out of Jefferson County for drug possession.