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FHP concludes Oct. train derailment investigation

February 26, 2014
Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says a lack of communication contributed to the death of a conductor when a train derailed last year in central Florida.

Christopher Daniel Putfark of Deltona died in the Oct. 24 derailment. He was working as a spotter when one of several train cars carrying gravel tipped. He became trapped under one of the cars and crushed rock.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1c7vduw ) that FHP investigators found that a lack of written documentation among three railroad companies about equipment on track contributed to Putfark's death. Investigators also found that visibility of lights and signals at the track was lacking.

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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

 
 

 

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