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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A railroad worker who fell from a Jacksonville train trestle below the Acosta Bridge Tuesday, Feb.14, was identified as Peter Jerome Michnick a 42-year-old boom truck operator from Michigan, authorities said.

Michnick, who was employed by Osmose Railroad Services, was doing bridge repairs when he apparently fell hitting his head on a girder and plummeted into the water. Two of his co-workers jumped in to attempt a rescue, but Michnick had already been swept away, according to Lt. Mike Eason from the Sheriff’s Office.

A boater picked him up and brought him to a nearby dock where he was taken to Shands Jacksonville Hospital as a trauma alert. It happened about 2:45 p.m. beside The Florida Times-Union and involved about a 12-foot fall.

Michnick was pronounced dead at Shands Jacksonville Hospital.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.


FELA Lawyer News Blog is a FELA, train accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States. The Federal Employers ‘Liability Act, (FELA) allows injured railroad workers to recover compensation based on the negligence of the railroad company, in lieu of workers’ compensation. FELA defines negligence as the railroad company’s failure to use reasonable care.

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