Fatal Train Accident

On April 18, 2019 at about 10:17am, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an industrial train accident on the former Seneca Army Depot property, in the Town of Romulus.  Upon the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies, it was determined that an employee of the Andersons Rail Group had been severely injured after being struck by a moving train. The employee, identified as Thomas J. Horn, age 46, of 5854 Route 96, Apt. 222A, Romulus, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Paul MacPherson. At the time of the accident, Horn and another employee were attempting to move rail cars to another location and were the only ones present. The second employee was uninjured in the event. At this point, Deputies report that it appears Horn possibly fell and was struck by the train . The Fayette Fire Department, Varick Fire Department, South Seneca Ambulance, and New York State Police also responded to the scene. The case remains under investigation and Sheriff’s Investigators will continue to work closely with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on the incident. Sheriff Tim Luce reports that the Seneca County E-911 Center was a valuable resource during the event as they worked hard to coordinate the many different resources needed to respond to events like these.