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UPDATED: Landslide Fatality

Joseph Drewnoski, age 33, assistant foreman with Norfolk Southern, was killed early this morning in a mudslide near Black Mountain. 

Drewnoski, a resident of Waynesville, had been with the company since 2005.

At about 2:00am, Drewnoski and another employee of Norfolk Southern were investigating a mudslide in the vicinity of Black Mountain when another mudslide occurred, knocking their high-rail vehicle off the track.

The other employee was able to clear the mudslide, Drewnoski was buried.

His body was recovered about 7:30am. 


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