Rail Accident near Abilene, TX Kills Union Pacific Employee

08/29/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Abilene, TX — A fatal work-related accident left a Union Pacific employee dead on Sunday, August 28, 2011. The rail accident occurred while the worker was inspecting a track near Jeep Road and Old U.S. 40 at around 4 p.m. in Dickinson County, reported KAKE.com.

According to officials, two vehicles collided just east of Abilene, which involved a hi-rail vehicle and a car. Hi-rail vehicles are self-propelled and are typically a pick-up truck, which has rail wheels fitted to the truck so it can legally be driven on railroad tracks, as well as roads.

The Union Pacific employee was reportedly driving the hi-rail vehicle westbound on the tracks when a southbound vehicle hit him.

Responding emergency crews pronounced the rail worker dead.

The driver of the other vehicle was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. The motorist’s identity, injuries and current condition was not reported.

Investigations into the automobile accident are underway.

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