Deputies and detectives from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office along with CSX Railroad Police officers Thursday determined the likely cause of death of a CSX employee.
CSX employee Dennis A. Hemme, 59, of Cincinnati, died from injuries sustained when he was pinned between two rail cars as cars were being moved.
The Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 5:16 a.m. reporting a CSX worker being pinned between two train cars on the CSX rail line just south of the Taylor Road crossing between Botkins and Wapakoneta near the Auglaize and Shelby County border. Upon on arrival, deputies and detectives found Hemme
pinned between the rail cars.
Auglaize County Coroner Dr. Thomas Freytag arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene.
While the investigation is ongoing, Sheriff Al Solomon said in a news release it appeared that the southbound train was having trouble crossing a small grade north of Botkins. Another engine was pushing the train to assist it getting over the grade. After the train was over the grade the train was stopped so the two could be disconnected.
Hemme somehow got between the two engines while they were disconnected. The train then rolled back while Hemme was between them and pinned him between the two.
An autopsy has been ordered by Freytag and CSX police are further investigating the accident that occurred on railroad property.
Solomon said nothing at the scene indicated that in was anything more than a work-related accident.
Members of Botkins Fire Department and EMS, the Botkins Police Department, and the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Patrol also assisted at the scene.