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On February 9, 2022, about 10:57 a.m. local time, a BNSF Railway (BNSF)

switchman was struck and killed by BNSF train YDEN1152-09i during a switching

movement on Track 116 in the BNSF Globeville Yard in Denver, Colorado.

1 The

switchman, working as a remote control operator (RCO) helper, was riding on the front

center platform of the lead locomotive he was controlling remotely, BNSF 1961. The

train suddenly decelerated, and the RCO helper fell forward onto Track 116, where he

was struck by the locomotive he was riding. (See figure 1.) Visibility conditions at the time

of the accident were daylight and clear, and the weather was 45°F with south-by-

southeast winds at 15 mph.

BNSF Railway Employee Fatality - NTSB


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