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Cement plant worker injured in Northampton County train crash

EAST ALLEN TWP., Pa. - An accident at a Northampton County cement plant has sent a worker to the hospital.

It led to a train derailment at Keystone Cement in East Allen Township.

The deputy fire chief says the man was stuck between a vehicle and train cars. The fire department used the jaws of life to free him.

East Allen's deputy fire chief says the incident happened just after noon at the Keystone Cement Company in East Allen Township, Northampton County. 

He says a train conductor became trapped when he was trying to get out of the train and a shuttle wagon which is used to move train cars crashed Into him. 

Aerial footage appears to show the impact forced two cars off the tracks.

"From what I understand there were some cars coming in. This gentleman was trying to get out and they ended up crashing," township deputy fire chief Jonathan Butz said.

Butz said the crash happened on tracks near the cement plant.

The plant has its own private shuttle that takes train cars from its property out to the main train line.
After the crash, fire fighters had to cut apart pieces of the train car to free the conductor from it.

"We use what everyone refers to as the jaws of life...be able to get the job done," Butz said.

Keystone Cement is located on Nor-Bath Boulevard and was founded in 1928.

They make cement that's used in the construction of highways, bridges, and buildings.

In a statement, Keystone Cement says it is taking the incident very seriously and working with authorities to determine what happened.

They said there was no environmental damage when the train cars derailed but significant damage to equipment.

 

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