Black Mountain, NC -- A Norfolk Southern worker has been killed after he was trapped in a mudslide while checking track conditions in the North Carolina mountains.
Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman says the worker and a colleague were inspecting the rails near Black Mountain after a first mudslide around 2 a.m. Monday when a second mudslide knocked their special truck with rail wheels off the truck.
Authorities say the worker outside the truck was buried and killed. The employee who was still in the truck called for help and was rescued. Chapman says the dead worker's body was recovered about five hours later.
The names of the employees have not been released.
Up to 5 inches of rain have fallen in parts of the mountains over the weekend.