A transit employee and rail fan, Zack Willhoite, was one of the victims of the Amtrak train derailment in Washington.
Zack Willhoite, a transit employee and enthusiast, was one of the victims of the Amtrak train derailment in Washington on Monday, Pierce Transit confirmed.
At least three people were killed and dozens of others were injured Monday morning when the Amtrak train on its inaugural run derailed over an interstate near Tacoma, Washington.
Willhoite worked at Pierce Transit since 2008 and was as an IT customer service support specialist, the organization said.
“He has always been deeply appreciated and admired by his colleagues, and played an important role at our agency. He will be sincerely missed,” Pierce Transit said.
He was also a long-time member of All Aboard Washington and, along with his wife and mother, managed most of its renewals, the president of the group, Harvey Bowen, told BuzzFeed News.
A fellow transit enthusiast remembered Willhoite as passionate contributor to the community, saying his “transit archives and documentation of Tacoma Transit and Pierce County Transit vehicles is probably more extensive than anyone in the Pacific Northwest region.”