A remote-controlled train struck and killed a railroad worker in a CSX railyard on Sunday. Freight railroad safety has been under intense scrutiny since the Norfolk Southern derailment and chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio. After this recent fatal incident, railroad unions are demanding an industry-wide review regarding the use of remote-controlled locomotives.
ABC News reported that CSX Carman Fred Anderson was killed in a CSX railyard in Walbridge, Ohio. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident and stated that Anderson stepped into the path of a moving locomotive just before 4:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The locomotive was being operated by remote control.
CSX is cooperating with the investigation. Railroad spokesperson Sheriee Bowman said in a release:
“CSX mourns the loss of this employee and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. The safety of our railroaders is our highest priority. CSX is working with officials to determine exactly what happened.”
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