NEW ALBANY, MS – A railroad worker was killed while equipment was being loaded with a backhoe in New Albany, Mississippi on June 2, 2010. The fatal train accident happened north of the Cleveland Street crossing while working on the Mississippi-Tennessee Railroad.
New Albany is located in the northern part of the state about 194 miles north of Jackson, about 330 miles north of Gulfport, about 257 miles north of Hattiesburg, about 336 miles north of Biloxi, about 220 miles northeast of Southhaven, about 172 miles north of Meridian, about 28 miles northwest of Tupelo and about 169 miles northeast of Greenville.
The vctim was identified as Jeffrey Dale Thompson, 24 years old from Myrtle, Mississippi. Thompson died of head trauma, according to Union County Coroner Mark Golding. Thompson was a railroad employee for the Mississippi & Tennessee RailNet.
Thompson’s body was sent to Jackson, MS for an autopsy.
It was reported that workers were using a backhoe to load a generator at the time of the accident.
According to New Albany Police Chief David Grisham, the generator slipped, and Thompson was pinned between it and a railroad car. Grisham said nobody else was injured in the accident.
Company officials said that Thompson had been employed with the railroad since late 2009 and that the company’s only previous fatality was several years ago when a non-employee was killed at a grade crossing.
The Mississippi Tennessee Railroad runs 27 miles between New Albany and Falkner. It is a successor to the railroad that was founded in 1862 by W. C. Falkner, the great-grandfather of author William Faulkner.
Published by fela lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP