CSX Worker is Hit by a Train and Killed at Acca Yard in Richmond, VA
There are still many questions lingering over a fatal accident at CSX’s Acca Yard in Richmond this week that claimed the life of a carman.
CSX has confirmed to local media that an employee was fatally injured at the yard at about 2:56 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Police say they were called to the 2100 block of Westwood Avenue for an ‘industrial accident.’ A man had been struck by a train while at work. This death is currently under investigation by CSX Railroad, Henrico Police, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board. My deepest condolences go to his family.
Media outlets report that CSX says it is providing support to co-workers of the employee.
“CSX conveys our deepest condolences to the worker’s family and friends during this difficult time,” the company said in a statement it released. “The safety and well-being of our employees is a top priority for CSX, and CSX is working with authorities to fully investigate this incident.”
This accident makes it clear that while railroads say the safety of workers is their top priority, railroads still are not as safe for workers as they should be. Rail yards are particularly dangerous places that see a considerable number of worker accidents.
It’s my understanding that the train was being remotely controlled at the time of this tragic accident. Remote controlled locomotives have been used by the big railroads for some time, but I don’t believe they will ever be as safe as having an alert engineer on a train itself with his eyes wide open and a horn on hand to warn railroad workers.
Few details have been yet forthcoming about this accident. Big railroads are often reluctant to detail accidents but clearly someone was to blame for this tragedy. For more than 25 years I have represented injured railroad workers and the families of those who are killed in gaining compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act. On this website we detail how FELA is different from workers’ compensation.
If you have been hurt on the railroad you will need tough representation to counter the big railroads. If you have lost a loved one, you may be facing a considerable financial loss. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077.