Mr. Daniel Brouiellette, deputy secretary of the United States Department of Energy sadly reports the death of Agent Kristopher Youngberg.
Agent Youngberg, 41, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a two vehicle crash. Youngberg and four other agents were attending a training seminar in the state of Arkansas. During their return trip, the agency van that they were traveling in struck the rear of a dump truck that was attempting to make a u-turn in the median of the freeway at an authorized vehicle access point.
However, the dump truck made a left turn from the right lane in a construction zone of the freeway and was struck by the van traveling in the same direction in the left lane.
The van burst into flames upon impact and all of the federal agents were trapped in the vehicle. Citizens, who stopped to assist, pulled the agents from the burning van. All of the agents sustained critical injuries in the collision and were transported to various hospitals in the area. Youngberg died as a result of his injuries at the hospital. The other agents remain hospitalized.
Troopers of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are conducting the crash investigation and reconstruction.
The OHP report says the driver of the dump truck was Daniel Forbus, 61, of Conroe, Texas. He was not hurt, troopers said.
The driver of the 2013 Chevy Express van was Sean Connell, 34, of Amarillo. The OHP said he was in critical condition in a Tulsa hospital.
The OHP said the other three passengers were in critical condition. They’re identified as:
- Kevin Coffman, 42, Amarillo, TX
- Christopher Waldrop, 39, Miami, TX
- William Overshiner, 39, Miami, TX
Agent Youngberg served the United States Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of Secure Transportation for eight years. Furthermore, he was a United States Marine Corps veteran and was deployed to Iraq in 2005. He worked in a private security company as well as a local sheriff’s department prior to his employment with the Department of Energy. His wife, two children, father and sister survive him.
Agent Kristopher Youngberg is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Friday, October 5, 2018.