CSX Railroad Employee Killed by Train in South Carolina
ESTILL, SC. – A CSX railroad employee was struck and killed by a train in Estill, South Carolina, according to an online news report from bizjournals.com. The circumstances of the crash are still not known.*
John Youmans was a 10-year employee of CSX and a father of three. He was struck and killed by a train while he was welding on a set of tracks in Estill. The crash details have not been released, though CSX has released a statement, saying, “Safety is CSX’s highest priority, and our goal is for every employee to return home safely to his or her family at the end of every day. Losing a fellow railroader is difficult for everyone at CSX, and we will fully investigate this incident to understand what happened and how it could have been prevented.”
The accident comes in the same month as several other incidents with CSX. Multiple cars on a CSX train derailed on November 17 in Georgia. The train had two locomotives, 69 empty cars, and 72 loaded cars. The exact number of cars that derailed is not clear, but the Dooly County Fire Chief said about 15 to 30 cars fell from a bridge over Georgia Highway 90 while traveling through the small town of Byromville. Some of the cars were carrying pressurized, odorless propane, which escaped upon impact.
Byromville is located about 55 miles from Macon, Georgia, and has a population of around 500. People living or working within half a mile of the derailment site were required to evacuate because of risks associated with the leaked propane. The half-mile evacuation order meant essentially the whole town needed to evacuate, according to the Dooly County Fire Chief.
The cause of the derailment has not been released. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
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