NTSB releases preliminary report on employee fatality in Chattanooga yard

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Diagram of CSX Wauhatchie Yard (northernmost section): tracks 11 (W11) and 14 (W14), north lead rail, and approximate striking point.
National Transportation Safety Board
WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board has released it preliminary report on an employee fatality at a CSX Transportation yard in Chattanooga, Tenn.

According to the report, on April 13, 2019, about 5:40 p.m., a CSX mechanical employee was struck and killed by a remote-control locomotive, operating as train Y292-13, that was being used to switch railcars at the north end of the Wauhatchie Yard.

NTSB investigators reviewed video images recorded by a stationary yard camera. They saw that the employee, who crossed the north lead at a 45-degree angle with his back towards the radio-controlled locomotive, was struck and killed.

Parties to the investigation include the Federal Railroad Administration; CSX Transportation; the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen; and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen.

The agency has not determined a probable cause at this time.

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