Railroad worker airlifted

Published 1:52 pm Saturday, December 15, 2018


A railroad worker repairing a section of track near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Wilson Street in Franklin was airlifted to a hospital on Friday morning via Life EVAC helicopter.

According to Capt. Tim Dunn, spokesman for Franklin Fire and Rescue, the worker had been using the arm of his boom truck to lift a large piece of rail, which swung around and temporarily rested on the worker’s body, trapping him. Franklin Fire and Rescue received the call regarding the incident at 8:48 a.m.

While the worker appeared to be uninjured, Dunn said that the decision to airlift him to the hospital was made because of the weight of the rail that had pinned him and the potential for internal injuries.

Dunn did not know if the worker was a contractor or an employee of CSX Transportation.