Charles Michael Ellis Killed in Work Accident in Elkhart, TX
Elkhart, TX — December 11, 2021, Charles Michael Ellis was killed as the result of a fatal work accident on a railway off U.S. Highway 287.
Currently, statements from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are not considered closed. Their current reports say the incident happened at around 11:00 a.m. at a rail yard between Main Street and U.S. 287, east of town. The company named in the OSHA reports is Eagle Railcar Services.
According to initial reports, 59-year-old Charles Ellis was moving railcars at the time. Due to a series of events unclear, Ellis became crushed between two cars. As a result,, Ellis sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were mentioned in reports, and it's unclear if anyone witnessed the incident.
The open OSHA reports currently show one suspected "serious" violation. The reports also show a recommendation for a fine of up to $11,600. It's unclear if additional fines are being considered, and other possible violations have not been mentioned by authorities. The status of investigations into the incident is unclear at this time.