In The Line of Duty: Jeff C. York
Jeff C. York, a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, was killed in a yard switching accident on May 18.
Brother York, 35, worked for Norfolk Southern and first joined BLET Division 106 in Muncie, Ind., on December 6, 2000. He was working as a conductor and standing on a ladder on back of a train's last box car when the accident happened. As the train backed up, he became pinned between the train and the left front fender of a semi that was making a delivery of vinegar to the Red Gold tomato processing plant in Elwood, Ind.
According to an Associated Press report, the truck driver was leaving the facility in his truck and began crossing the railroad tracks behind the train, unaware that the train was backing up.
He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Elwood for treatment, but was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after.
Carlos A. Lizarraga, Local Chairman of Division 106, said Brother York was a dedicated worker who will be sorely missed by everyone.
Brother York is survived by his wife of 18 years, Lisa, and two daughters, Jessica, 18, and Danielle, 8.
Funeral services were on May 22 in Muncie, Ind.
BLET National President Don Hahs ordered the flag above Brotherhood headquarters in downtown Cleveland to be flown at half-mast in honor of our fallen Brother.
"Our deepest condolences go out to Brother York's family and friends," President Hahs said.
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