A 19-year-old worker died after he became trapped under wood panels at a facility in Aurora, IL, Aurora Police said.
The incident occurred Thursday morning just after 9:30 a.m. when police and Aurora Fire responded to a 911 call for an employee trapped under large wood panels at a rail facility.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found the man, who officials would not reveal his identity until notification of next of kin, pinned underneath a large woodpile.
In what’s believed to be an accident, investigators have preliminarily determined the man was removing the large wood panels from a railcar when they fell on him. The panels are used in construction to support cranes or large equipment on uneven ground.
Firefighters and paramedics quickly used rescue equipment to lift the wood panels off the man, however, he was pronounced dead on the scene.
Detectives and evidence technicians responded to the scene to identify and collect forensic evidence from the incident and begin a death investigation.
The investigation has now been turned over to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Police. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials were also called.