NTSB Investigates Fatal Car Crash Of Pan Am Worker At SubCom
NEWINGTON – The investigation into the train incident that killed a Seabrook man last week could take up to two years, according to a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board.
“The full investigation may take around 12 to 24 months and a final report will be posted on the NTSB website which will contain a probable cause,” NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said in response to questions about the incident which killed Dale Jenkins, 61. Seabrook.
Jenkins, a Pan Am employee, died of injuries he sustained on May 19 in an incident at SubCom, a fiber-optic submarine cable company, where he was trapped between two rail cars at the installation of 100 Piscataqua Drive.
Newington Police and firefighters responded and transported Jenkins to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where he died Wednesday evening of his injuries, according to Newington Police Chief Michael Bilodeau.
Holloway noted that “an NTSB investigation is a long, thorough process and the information is not readily available.”
“I can tell you that investigators continue to coordinate and work with the Federal Railroad Administration and the railroad,” Holloway said Monday. “The NTSB will secure and review all recorded information and interview employees and other witnesses that may be available.”
When officers arrived at the scene on Wednesday, they saw Jenkins had been “stuck between two fingers of railroad maps,” Bilodeau said.
The phalanges are the things that connect the wagons, Bilodeau said.
He “was conscious and breathing and in fact on his cell phone” when officers arrived, and was able to speak to officers and firefighters, who also responded to the scene, Bilodeau said.
Asked about the status of the investigation, Holloway said that “the NTSB does not determine the cause of this situation at the start of an investigation.”
“It is possible that a preliminary report will be available in about 30 days. The preliminary report will not state a cause or include any analysis, but will provide some of the factual information known at that time, ”he added.
Bilodeau referred inquiries about the incident to an NTSB spokesperson.