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The National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday it’s launching an investigation into a fatal accident involving a CSX carman in Walbridge, Ohio.
The employee died yesterday morning while working in a rail yard, the NTSB announced on a social media site.
CSX confirmed the employee’s death.
"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," company officials said in an emailed statement.
The fatality is believed to have involved a remote-controlled locomotive, according to the Transportation Communications Union (TCU/IAM) & Brotherhood of Railway Carmen. If that's the case, the carman’s death would mark the third carman fatality involving remote-controlled locomotives, union officials said in a press release.
"A full-scale review of the use and practices around remote-control locomotives is long overdue. CSX — and every railroad — must evaluate their use of these supposed technological advancements to ensure they are actually making our members safer," said TCU/IAM National President Artie Maratea.
Local and national BRC representatives are on site and assisting CSX officials and the appropriate authorities in the ongoing investigation, union officials added.