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Newsprint Roll Crushes, Kills Brandywine Valley Railways Engineer

05/18/12 06:36 PM ET AP

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A railroad engineer was crushed by a roll of newsprint weighing 1,800 pounds while unloading the cargo at a newsprint plant near Philadelphia.

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — A railroad engineer near Philadelphia has been killed by a roll of newsprint that fell out of a boxcar and crushed him.

Officials say the death occurred Friday morning at a plant that produces the Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.

A newspaper company spokesman says the engineer was in his 40s and worked for Brandywine Valley Railways. The spokesman, Mark Block, says the worker was below the platform to offload the 1,800-pound rolls when one fell out, apparently after shifting in the boxcar.

The printing plant is located in Upper Merion. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office is investigating.

The victim has been identified as 43-year-old Jefferson Troester from Claymont, Del.

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