TERRE HAUTE -- A Clay City man died in a railroad accident in Terre Haute Wednesday morning.
After being removed from the wreckage, caused by a tanker car derailment, emergency room officials pronounced Philip T. Myers, 42, dead at Terre Haute Regional Hospital at 11:16 a.m.
Vigo County Coroner and pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr told The Brazil Times that preliminary autopsy results determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma from severe injuries to Myers' skull.
Kohr said the death has been ruled accidental.
A veteran railroad worker, Myers was employed by Indiana Rail Road Company in 2006 after leaving Canadian Pacific Railway.
"This is unlike anything our company has ever faced before in our history," Indiana Rail Road Company spokesman Chris Rund told The Brazil Times Thursday. "We are all in deep shock and grief at the loss of our friend and colleague. Our hearts and prayers are united with those of the family."
Rund said Myers, a train operator, was working as part of a two-man crew switching railroad cars inside a facility at Tangent Rail Products, 2525 Prairieton Road, Terre Haute, when the accident occurred at 10:38 a.m.
While assisting in moving two tanker cars that were being pushed by an engine at low speed, the rail car Myers was on derailed, pinning him between a stack of unfinished railroad cross ties and the railroad cars inside the building.
According to Rund, the current investigation into the accident consists of three teams, including one from within the Indiana Rail Road Company, an undisclosed investigation company and members of the Federal Rail Road Administration.
A fundraising benefit on behalf of Myers' family is in the early planning stages at Clay City High School.
"Nothing is concrete yet, but there are plans in the works," CCHS Principal Jeff Bell said, confirming that students and staff members want to help. "As soon as we have more details we will let the community know."