Metro North Worker Dies in Manhattan Railroad Accident

Metro North Worker Dies in Manhattan Railroad Accident

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Posted on Apr 08, 2014

James Romansoff, 58, was reportedly part of a weekend crew that was restoring electricity to train tracks in the early hours of Monday, March 10, 2014. Mr. Romonasoff was a third railman for Metro North; he specialized in the electrical system that provides power to the railroad.

At approximately 12:54 a.m., Mr. Romansoff was reportedly hit by a Hudson Line train that had left Grand Central Station at 12:47 a.m. and was headed for Poughkeepsie. The Wall Street Journal reports that Mr. Romansoff was killed in the crash.

The accident allegedly occurred on the tracks at Park Avenue and E. 106 th Street in Manhattan. Reports indicate that Mr. Romansoff was taken from the accident scene to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

This Was the Second Worker Fatality for Metro North in Less Than a Year

According to Federal Railroad Administration data, four Metro North workers were killed in work related accidents from fiscal year 2004 through fiscal year 2013. The most recent Metro North worker fatality occurred in May 2013 when a train struck and killed a worker in West Haven, Connecticut.

Metro North has also faced other recent safety issues including a December 2013 train derailment in the Bronx that left four passengers dead and more than 70 other passengers injured.

Metro North, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) police, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are all investigating this fatal accident.

We extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Mr. Romansoff following this tragic railroad accident.

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