AURORA, IL. – According to a news story reported online at wgntv.com, a teenager was tragically killed in an accident that occurred while he was unloading a railcar in Aurora, Illinois. Officials are not yet sure what caused the accident, and several agencies are conducting investigations to determine what happened.
The accident took place in the morning at a railyard in Aurora. The name and specific location of the yard were not included in the report, so the exact place of the accident is unclear. Police and WGN report that at about 9:30 a.m., a worker was in the process of unloading materials from a railcar. It appears he was unloading a batch of large wooden panels, like those used for construction purposes.
It appears that while the worker was unloading the panels, some of them fell on top of him. It is not clear how this occurred, and it was also not confirmed that the panels fell onto the worker while he was trying to unload them. The report did not provide information about the circumstances that might have led to the accident.
The local fire department and paramedics were called to the scene, and crews worked to lift the wood panels, which were described as being in a pile, off the victim. Crews were able to free the victim from under the pile, but WGN reports that he was tragically pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as being 19 years old. No other identifying information about him was included in the report.
The report does not say what company the victim was working for at the time of the accident. WGN says that the Illinois Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be conducting an investigation to determine whether any safety procedures or protocols were violated.
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