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Selkirk man killed at CSX rail yards in Bethlehem

Police and CSX officials have released the name of a 33-year-old Selkirk man who was fatally injured at CSX rail yards in Bethlehem last night.

Jared C. Boehlke, died after being hit by train on Sunday evening, March 10, at the rail yard where he worked. He was reportedly a member of the United Transportation Workers Union Local No. 212.

Bethlehem police said the matter is under joint investigation between its department, CSX police, CSX safety personnel, the Federal Railroad Administration and OSHA.

We received a call approximately 6:42 on Sunday night for a man down, said Bethlehem Police Lieutenant Thomas Heffernan. "He was working on the line at the time."

A CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan confirmed the incident and said a thorough investigation would be conducted before any details are released on the matter.

"It's currently under investigation," he said. "It's obviously a tragedy. I'm not getting into commenting or speculating until a have a full investigation completed."

Sullivan did verify that Boehlk's family has been notified.

The different agencies will be conducting individual investigations, but will also be working together to piece together the incident.

Heffernan said that Boehlk may have been working on a train coupling when the incident occurred and that he was still alive when emergency crews arrived on the scene. Albany Medical Center pronounced him dead upon his arrival to the hospital, according to police.

Sullivan and Heffernan said more details would be released to the public once a report is finalized.

For updates on this story return to www.spotlightnews.com or read the Wednesday, May 20, print edition of The Spotlight.

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