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Yemassee railroad worker struck and killed by train, officials say

Railroad worker struck and killed by train in Hampton County. Here’s what we know

A CSX worker was performing maintenance on the railroad tracks in Hampton County when he was struck and killed on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Here's what we know.
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A CSX worker was performing maintenance on the railroad tracks in Hampton County when he was struck and killed on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Here's what we know.

A CSX railroad worker was struck and killed by a train Friday morning near a main street in Estill, officials said Friday afternoon.

The CSX employee was identified as John Youmans, who worked out of Yemassee, according to a statement from CSX.

Youmans died in the incident after 10 a.m. on tracks near Martin Luther King Boulevard, Hampton County Coroner Ernie Washington Sr. told The Island Packet on Friday.

He was performing maintenance on the railroad tracks at the time he was killed, CSX officials said in a media statement.

Youmans worked for CSX for 10 years and is survived by his wife, Kelly, and three children, according to CSX officials.

CSX officials said they are working with law enforcement at the scene of the accident as of Friday afternoon.

“Safety is CSX’s highest priority and our goal is for every employee to return home safely to his or her family at the end of every day,” the statement from CSX said. “Losing a fellow railroader is difficult for everyone at CSX, and we will fully investigate this incident to understand what happened and how it could have been prevented.”

CSX is a major freight transportation company across the U.S.

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