Norfolk Southern track workers, contractors injured after MOW collision

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A Norfolk Southern track gang replaces crossties on a secondary line in West Virginia in July 2010.
Chase Gunnoe
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Norfolk Southern officials are investigating an incident in southern West Virginia that sent five track workers to a local hospital after two maintenance-of-way machines collided on Monday.

Railroad spokesman Jonathan Glass tells Trains News Wire that five maintenance-of-way workers were taken to the Bluefield Regional Medical Center on Monday, including two NS employees and two contractors. The four individuals were treated and released on the same day, but a fifth worker remained in the hospital Monday night.

“A fifth worker, an NS employee, was held overnight for observation,” says Glass.

That worker was supposed to be released on Tuesday, but the railroad was unable to confirm that as of Tuesday afternoon.

Glass says the incident involved a collision of two on-track maintenance-of-way machines.

“The accident occurred on track east of Bluefield on Monday at about noon,” says Glass.

The area in question is located on NS’ Christiansburg District mainline, a former Norfolk & Western territory connecting Bluefield, W.Va., with Roanoke, Va.

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