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October 30, 2014

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Worker dies in railroad tank car in North Las Vegas

A worker at a North Las Vegas business died in a railroad tank car early Saturday, the North Las Vegas Fire Department said.

Witnesses told fire crews that their co-worker had lost consciousness inside the empty tank car and was unable to climb out. Firefighters discovered that the tank car contained highly volatile ethanol vapors and appeared to be unsafe, said Capt. Cedric Williams, a spokesman for the department.

North Las Vegas firefighters, who had responded at 1:08 a.m. to 5095 El Campo Grande Ave., worked with fire crews from Las Vegas and Clark County; the Nevada National Guard's 92nd Civil Support Team; the Office of Emergency Management; and other crews to secure the area and ensure the safety of emergency workers. The coroner was allowed to examine the scene at 11 a.m.

The victim's name hasn't been released, and Williams could not confirm the name of the business.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

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