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Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 136977.015 Event: 07/01/2021Employee Is Killed When Caught Between Locomotive And Rail C
At 10:45 a.m. on July 1, 2021, an employee, the switchman, was standing on the f ront steps of the locomotive at the engineer's side. A coworker was operating th e locomotive and traveling approximately 10 miles per hour in the trainyard when an approximate 9.5-inch section of railhead broke off causing a derailment. Th e derailment started shortly after the switch with the engine and ended with the engine completely derailed and the first car partially derailed. Before the tr ain stopped, the engineer's side of the engine struck two scrap hopper cars that were part of another train that was stopped and located on the adjacent Pond tr ack. The employee was riding on the engine's front steps on the engineer's side when the derailment occurred and was caught between the engine and the second s crap hopper car on the Pond track. The employee was crushed and had severe lace rations to the chest and abdominal areas. The employee was killed from these in juries.
Keywords: abdomen, caught between, chest, crushed, laceration, locomotive, train
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1540806.015 Fatality Railroad brake, signal and switch operators

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