A Man From Kingsport Was Killed in a Railroad Accident

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Last week, a 27-year-old Kingsport man died in a train accident in Dauphin, Pennsylvania.

According to Tim Rushenberg, a spokesperson for National Salvage and Services, Kolton Parker Helbert, 27, of Kingsport, was hit by a piece of railroad equipment on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Helbert was a corporate employee who was working on a Norfolk Southern Railway project in Pennsylvania at the time.


“This is the first occasion in National Salvage’s over-40-year existence that an employee has died as a result of an accident,” Rushenberg told the Times News.

An inquiry is underway by the National Transportation Safety Board.

In an email to the Times News, NTSB spokesman Eric M. Weiss stated that a preliminary report will be released in approximately a month. It will take one to two years to complete the whole study, which will include a probable cause finding.

Helbert received his high school diploma from Bassett High School in Bassett, Virginia, in 2012. He worked for the Martinsville City Police Department in Martinsville, Virginia, and went to Patrick Henry Community College and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Helbert worked for National Salvage and Services in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a member of the praise and worship team of Grace Fellowship Church in Kingsport. He was a Master of Divinity candidate at Liberty University.

Rushenberg said, “I know a lot of the folks in the rail department knew him well.” “He was a well-liked employee at the firm. He was well-liked and performed an excellent job. He was a perfect citizen as well as a great employee. This is infuriating. They were completely enamored with him. He was a devout Christian and a good citizen.”

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At 11 a.m. on Thursday, a graveside ceremony will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Bristol, Virginia. On Jan. 9, 2022, at 2 p.m., a memorial ceremony will be held at Stone Memorial Christian Church in Collinsville, Virginia.

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