LIRR Train Inspector Dies After Touching Third Rail In Babylon

BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Long Island Rail Road says a train car inspector has died after apparently touching the electrified third rail in the railroad’s Babylon yard.

Officials said Russell DeCeck may have received an electric shock from a train car he was working on.  He fell onto the third rail at about 6 p.m. Sunday. He died at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.

The LIRR is investigating the incident.

MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders says the 48-year-old DeCeck had worked for the railroad for 28 years.

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  • Joe Centrone

    RIP Russell your dad was my best friend and was so proud of you. So sorry to the family

  • joey from B'hurst

    A sad day, MTA is pushing these TCIs to do more, where was the union. Could this train not have been humped to a safe area where union rules would have been followed. God rest his soul!

    • worker error

      It was human error not mta or union error stop trying to find someone to blame.

      • Lau

        you should really look into what you are talking about…here’s his pedigree…28 years experience and a safety award to account for every single one of those years. He knew exactly what he was doing and was very respectful of the third rail while performing his duties!

      • jao

        Worker error!!!! Where were you on Sunday night????? Maybe not on Long Island in one of the worst storms of the summer!!!! Be thankful people like this man risk their own lives so people like you caan ride the trains to get to work safely….. Have some respect for his family and friends!!!!!!

      • LC

        You really are a moron!!!!! This man had 28 years on the Rail Road without 1 mark on his record…. He was the safest person out there! Maybe someone should put you in a yard and than I’m sure we’ll see see what worker error looks like after 28 seconds of you being there!!!! You really are an idiot….

  • ron (tiny) weldon

    R.I.P Russell, my freind for tree years at bab. may god watch over your family!

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