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Union Pacific employee dies after rail-car accident

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RIVERDALE — Police here are investigating the death of a Union Pacific employee after an accident at a rail yard near 675 W. 4000 South.

The 55-year-old Ogden man's name has not been released pending family notification, Riverton Police Sgt. John Anderson said.

About 1:20 p.m. Sunday, a rail car carrying scrap metal and weighing hundreds of thousands of pounds rolled over the man's legs. The man worked as a switchman and was hooking a series of rail cars to a train, Anderson said.

Authorities are investigating how the man's legs got under the rail car. One leg was severed at the ankle. The other was severed above the knee. He was airlifted to McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden but was dead on arrival, Anderson said.

The man had open heart surgery, and doctors were unsure whether stress to the heart or trauma to the legs caused the death, Anderson said.