Berwyn man dead after being run over by trailer at CSX rail yard on South Side

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Entrance to the CSX rail yard in West Englewood. | Google

A Berwyn man was pronounced dead after being run over by a trailerWednesday morning at the CSX rail yard in West Englewood.

Paramedics were called about 11:30 a.m. for a “driver down” at the CSX Intermodal Terminal rail yard at 2101 W. 59th St., according to the Chicago Fire Department. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Gabriel Sanchez, 47. An autopsy was conducted Thursday, but a ruling on his death was pending further investigation.

Sanchez was working at the rail yard for Strictly Trailer Repair, Inc., according to Rhonda Burke, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor. The Westmont-based company is a contractor at the CSX facility.

Sanchez was operating a “spotter trailer” when he was struck by the driver’s side, rear tandem wheels of the trailer as he was moving a piece of equipment for repair, Burke said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has open an investigation with his employer.

A spokesperson for the company did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

Chicago Police described the vehicle operated by Sanchez as a tractor and said he had forgotten to take the vehicle out of drive before getting out. Police said Sanchez tried to get back into the vehicle, but fell and was run over.


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