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HOUSTON (AP) - A contract worker at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston has died after falling about 45 feet from the rail system's elevated tracks.

Police said a contract worker at Bush Intercontinental Airport died late Tuesday after falling from an elevated portion of the tram tracks. KHOU

Houston police say the accident happened Tuesday night as the 56-year-old man checked the tracks.

Airport spokesman David Hebert on Wednesday said the Bombardier Transportation worker was walking along the line when he fell and that he likely lost his footing.

A contract worker at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston has died after falling about 45 feet from the rail system's elevated tracks. KHOU

Hebert says the worker was doing preventative maintenance on the airport's above-ground train system. The worker suffered head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene near Terminal C.

The name of the worker wasn't immediately released.

A message left with Bombardier Transportation was not immediately returned Wednesday.

In 2010 one worker died and another was seriously injured when they were struck by the airport tram.

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