Probe of fatal rail car accident in Romulus continues

The death of an Andersons Rail Group worker at the former Seneca Army Depot Thursday appears to be accidental, the Seneca County sheriff’s office says.

Lt. Tim Thompson Jr. of the sheriff’s office’s Criminal Investigation Division said authorities revisited the scene Friday with Federal Railroad Administration officials to inspect the tracks and rail cars stored at the site.

“At this point the investigation remains ongoing, but it appears to be accidental,” Thompson said.

Thomas J. Horn, 46, was pronounced dead the scene by county Coroner Paul MacPherson.

Deputies said the accident occurred around 10:15 a.m. They responded to the scene and found Horn badly injured by a moving train.

At the time of the accident, Horn and another Andersons employee were attempting to move a rail car to another location. The second employee, whom police did not identify, wasn’t hurt.

Deputies said it appears Horn may have fallen before he was hit by the rail car.

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