Union Rail Worker Killed in Yard Accident

The seventh United Transportation Union worker killed in 2011in an on-duty accident died Monday, Aug.15, when he was pinned between two rail cars at a BNSF Railway yard. The accident occurred at the Argentine Yard in Kansas City, Missouri.

The yard worker was 52-year-old Thomas F. Bleyenberg of Kansas City, Missouri. He belonged to UTU Local 5. Bleyenberg was the seventh railway worker killed in 2011 on duty, the fourth killed in a yard accident and he was also the fourth worker killed in less than 30 days.

The accident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board with the help of the UTU Transportation Safety Team.

Local 5 workers are holding a party on Oct. 8 to help out the Bleyenberg family spruce up their house and property, according to Ken Menges. Menges is Missouri State Legislative Director.

According to Local 5 Legislative Representative Carl Jones, the house could use some paint and winterization and the party will give Bleyenberg's friends and family a chance to pitch in.

(Source: UTU)

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