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Accident Investigation Summary Report HQ-2021-1437

Document Series
Accident Investigations
Federal Railroad Administration
Accident Date
Accident Type
Serious Injury
Railroad Name
Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS)

Burns Harbor, IN
United States

Accident Number
Investigation Status
Subject Accident Investigations
Norfolk Southern, NS, Burns Harbor, Indiana, amputation, moving equipment

On July 13, 2021, at approximately 10:35 p.m., CDT, a Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS) conductor suffered a left arm amputation while attempting to mount moving equipment. The accident happened during a switching move in Burns Harbor Yard, on NS’s Toledo East Subdivision, in Burns Harbor, Indiana.  The conductor was attempting to mount a moving car to ride it out of the track.  As the conductor attempted to mount the car, he struck a stationary air hose stand and fell to the ground with his left arm in the foul of the track.  As a result, his left arm was severed by the wheels of the car behind the one he was attempting to mount.

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Last updated: Thursday, June 20, 2024