A Norfolk Southern conductor was killed after being struck by a dump truck at a facility in Ohio, marking the third incident involving the railroad within the state in simply over a month.
The conductor, recognized as Louis Shuster, was fatally injured early Tuesday morning at Cleveland-Cliffs’ Cleveland Works property, the railroad mentioned in a information launch.
Shuster was struck as a practice was shifting by a crossing on the facility, the discharge mentioned. Norfolk Southern is working with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, the Cleveland Police Division and Cleveland-Cliffs representatives to be taught extra, it mentioned.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board can be investigating the demise and sending crews to the scene, it mentioned on Twitter.
“Norfolk Southern has been in contact with the conductor’s household and can do all it will possibly to assist them and his colleagues. We’re grieving the lack of a colleague at this time. Our hearts exit to his family members throughout this extraordinarily tough time,” the railroad mentioned.
Cleveland-Cliffs is a flat-rolled metal firm, in keeping with its web site, and its Cleveland Works facility sits on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.
CNN has reached out to Cleveland-Cliffs, Cleveland police and the Ohio governor’s workplace for extra data.
The conductor’s demise comes as Norfolk Southern is going through criticism for 2 current derailments in Ohio, together with one in East Palestine final month that resulted within the launch and burning of a poisonous chemical that left close by residents complaining of complications, coughing and rashes they imagine are tied to the fiery crash.
Because the railroad works with the Environmental Safety Company to remediate the location, it introduced a brand new six-point security plan Monday designed to assist stop comparable derailments sooner or later.
And in Springfield, about 200 miles southwest of East Palestine, one other Norfolk Southern freight practice derailed Saturday.
The crash knocked out energy and the world and resulted in a short lived shelter-in-place order for houses inside 1,000 toes of the scene. Crews later decided nothing had spilled from the derailed automobiles and there was no environmental hurt.
Casualties, together with accidents and deaths, involving railroad staff aren’t unusual, in keeping with information from the Federal Railroad Administration, which exhibits there have been greater than 13,500 incidents involving on-duty staff throughout the trade in 2022, together with 1,060 involving Norfolk Southern staff.
Forty-two rail staff died whereas on responsibility final yr, the administration mentioned. 5 of these people have been Norfolk Southern staff