Norfolk Southern conductor trainee killed in Alabama railway accident
The victim was struck by a piece of metal from a passing train car
A Norfolk Southern employee training to become a conductor was killed on the job this week in a railway accident in Bessemer, Alabama.
The victim has been identified as Walter James Griffin III, 43, from Hueytown, Alabama.
Bessemer Police told AL.com the victim was with a conductor inside the cab of a Norfolk Southern train when a metal beam protruding from a car pulled by a passing train crashed through the window and struck him.
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Officers were called to respond shortly after midnight on Tuesday, and Griffin was pronounced dead at around 12:30 a.m.
"Norfolk Southern is grieving the loss of a member of our team this week," the company told FOX Business in an emailed statement. "Our hearts go out to his loved ones during this extremely difficult time."
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The National Transportation Safety Board said it has a team of investigators working with the Federal Railroad Administration and Norfolk Southern and expects to have a preliminary report on the incident in two to three weeks.