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Fundraiser established for injured conductor

Tommy Manuszewski, a probationary member of our union’s Local 1566 (Buffalo, N.Y.), was severely injured in an accident late last month after being struck by a train in a Norfolk Southern yard.

Brother Manuszewski’s arm was amputated and his collarbone and multiple vertebrae were broken as well. He underwent successful emergency surgery after being placed in a medically induced coma after the accident, and his recovery likely will take years, doctors have said.

Because of his probationary status, his coverage through the railroad benefit system had not begun. In the latest update on Brother Manuszewski’s status published Nov. 6, Local 1566 Legislative Representative Joseph Kaier said that treatment is ongoing, focusing on pain management and in-patient rehabilitation.

An online fundraiser has been established by his local to help support Brother Manuszewski on GoFundMe.

“Tommy and his family have been devastated by these events,” Kaier wrote. “Tommy’s career as freight conductor is over, and soon his family’s bills will be racking up.”

Manuszewski helps care for his elderly parents and was to be married to his fiancee, Tammi Jo Smith, next summer.

Please contribute if you are able.

Online fundraiser begun for crew hurt in N.Y. derailment

An online fundraising effort has been started for a SMART TD conductor and an engineer who were severely injured Feb. 15 when their train derailed in Attica, N.Y.

Conductor Ben Garland of Local 1566 out of Buffalo, N.Y., and engineer Dave Tobey were hospitalized after their Norfolk Southern locomotive left the tracks and caught fire.

The fundraiser is available here: https://www.gofundme.com/dave-bens-railroad-medical-fund

Proceeds from the fund will be divided evenly among the men’s families as they recover from their injuries, which include fractures, spinal trauma and facial injuries.

A Local 1566 member who said he didn’t want to be named said he went to visit the accident site and couldn’t believe what he saw.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.

Online video footage from a drone posted by WHAM TV Channel 13 out of Rochester N.Y. shows a sinkhole underneath the tracks at the accident site. Local authorities said the cause of the derailment was under investigation.

Members have been pulling together to help the families of both men as they begin the road to recovery from their injuries.

“The families have been astonished by the amount of support,” said the Local 1566 member. “We’ve worked with these people — they’re family.”