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Last updated: Mon. Dec. 24, 2012 - 01:16 pm EDT

Railroad worker hurt in accident in Fort Wayne

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A Norfolk Southern Railroad employee in Fort Wayne was injured in an accident Monday morning.

At about 7 a.m., Fort Wayne Fire Department crews were called to the railroad tracks near Hanna and Hayden streets after a man fell onto the tracks and had a hand and foot amputated, according to emergency radio traffic.

Emergency workers searched for about 15 minutes before finding the man.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Dave Pidgeon confirmed 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 accident occurred as a general merchandise train was moving onto a storage track, Pidgeon said. The employee was taken to a local hospital by ambulance, he said.

About 1 p.m. Monday, Pidgeon said the person who had been hurt was still hospitalized.

A fire department spokeswoman was not available for comment Monday morning. A 911 dispatcher referred all questions to Norfolk Southern and the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

TRAA officials also could not immediately be reached for comment.

csheckler@news-sentinel.com


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