Worker killed in newspaper plant accident in Montco ID'd

May 18, 2012 8:49:38 PM PDT
A worker was killed in an accident at the Philadelphia Newspaper plant in Montgomery County.

The call came in around 9:30 a.m. for an accident at the plant on River Road and 3rd Street in Upper Merion.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News are printed at this plant.

A train was delivering a load of newsprint at around 9:30 a.m. Two employees of the railroad, running that train, went back to the loading dock to open one of the box cars.

That's when a roll of paper, weighing 1,500 pounds, rolled out, fell from a height and crushed the one of the workers.

That man has been identified as 43-year-old Jefferson l. Troester of Claymont, Delaware.

Investigators say it appears the roll of paper shifted during transit and that's why it came flying out of the doors as soon as they were opened.

Rescue workers responded within minutes, but there was nothing they could do.

The Montgomery County coroner and Upper Merion police remained on the scene Friday afternoon. Federal authorities from OSHA were on the way to look at the train.

So far, there are no indications this was anything but a freak accident.