UPDATE: NTSB releases preliminary report on death of railroad employee at Wauhatchie Rail Yard
UPDATE: A preliminary report has been released by the National Transportation Safety Board on the April 13 incident where a CSX employee was killed by a locomotive that was being used to switch railcars at the north end of the Wauhatchie Rail Yard in Chattanooga.
The report states NTSB investigators reviewed video images recorded by a stationary yard camera.
The investigators saw that the carman, who crossed the north lead at a 45-degree angle with his back towards the locomotive, was struck and killed.
This is a preliminary report, and an investigation is ongoing. Channel 3 will update this story as we receive more information.
PREVIOUS STORY: A CSX employee was killed when he was struck by a locomotive at a rail yard in Chattanooga.
"At approximately 5:00 pm Saturday, CSX employee Allen Lowe was fatally struck by a locomotive while he was working in our rail yard in Wauhatchie, TN," a CSX spokesperson told Channel 3.
CSX is working with local law enforcement to investigate.
Lowe had been an employee for 24 years and is survived by his two children, CSX added.
"CSX has reached out to his family to offer assistance during this very difficult time, and we extend our deepest sympathies to them," the spokesperson explained.
CSX said that safety is their top priority:
"Safety is CSX’s highest priority and our goal is for every employee to return home safely. Losing a fellow railroader is difficult for everyone at CSX, and we will conduct a thorough investigation to understand the cause of this incident."
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