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FORT WAYNE, IN — A Norfolk Southern railroad worker was injured on Monday morning, Dec. 24, after falling onto the railroad tracks and had a hand and foot amputated, according to emergency radio traffic.

View of the railroad tracks in Fort Wayne, IN where a Norfolk Southern railroad worker lost a foot and a hand in a serious work related injury after falling on the tracks while a train was being moved on December 24, 2012.

The accident occurred at around 7 a.m. near Hanna and Hayden as a general merchandise train was moving onto a storage track. Emergency workers told the media that they searched for about 15 minutes before finding the victim.

Map showing location near Hayden and Hanna Street in Fort Wayne, IN where a Norfolk Southern railroad worker was seriously injured while a train was being moved onto a nearby storage track on December 24, 2012.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Dave Pidgeon, did confirm that a male employee was hurt in a work-related accident but would not discuss the person’s condition or the nature of his injuries.

“I do know we had a member of a train crew injured at about 7 o’clock in the Fort Wayne area,” Pidgeon said.

The employee was taken to a local hospital by ambulance, he said.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.


Posted by Gordon, Elias & Seely, a FELA lawyer and Indiana railroad injury lawyer who publishes train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States.

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