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A man doing work for a rail company was struck and killed by a train car Thursday in Seneca County.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Department said that Thomas J. Horn, 46, of Romulus, an employee of the Andersons Rail Group, had been attempting to move rail cars on the former Seneca Army Depot property in the Town of Romulus when he was struck by a moving train.

Police said that Horn and another employee were the only ones present at the time of the accident, and it appears that Horn may have fallen into the path of the train car.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by coroner Paul MacPherson.  The second employee was uninjured. The Fayette Fire Department, Varick Fire Department, South Seneca Ambulance, and New York State Police responded to the scene along with county sheriff's deputies.

The case remains under investigation, and sheriff’s investigators will continue to work closely with the Federal Railroad Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board on the incident, police said.

Sheriff Tim Luce said in a news release that the Seneca County E-911 Center was a valuable resource during the event as they worked hard to coordinate the many different resources needed to respond to an event such as this one.

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