Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway rail car kills worker

Legal news for Minnesota employment attorneys. A rail car pinned a worker against the wall, fatally injuring him.

Minnesota employment lawyers alerts- A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway rail car derailed and pinned a worker against a building.

Minneapolis, MN—A Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) rail car derailed for unknown reasons, which pinned a worker against a wall and fatally injured him. The fatal accident occurred on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 around 11:30 a.m., at NE 37th St. and E. River Road, as reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Sam W. Lundy, 44, was doing a routine switching operation while dropping off loaded cars at a customer facility. Lundy was reportedly standing on the ground behind a six-car train, while he was using a remote device to move the train backwards. The last rail car somehow jumped the tracks and pinned Lundy against a building. Emergency rescue teams rushed to the scene where they pronounced Lundy dead after his injuries proved fatal. There was another employee in the engine compartment at the time, but the employee did not sustain any injuries. Minneapolis police officials stated they are unsure how the rail car derailed from the tracks. A full investigation is reportedly underway. Officials from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) http://www.osha.gov/ are expected to conduct an investigation as well.

Sam W. Lundy had worked for the railway for 17 years, and is survived by his loving wife and three beautiful children.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Minnesota employment lawyers.