Jose Cisneros with his wife, Maria Cisneros.

A Greeley man who died in December after an accident while cleaning a train tanker car drowned in a few inches of water at the bottom of the car, according to an autopsy report.

Greeley Tribune, suppliedJose Cisneros with his wife, Maria Cisneros.

Jose Cisneros, 35, was one of two employees of EnviroTech Services found unresponsive in a train car about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5 in a rail yard in the 6000 block of 47th Avenue. Both men were rushed to the hospital, but Cisneros later died.

At the time, it appeared the accident involved hazardous materials, but a recently released autopsy report indicates otherwise. According to that report, Cisneros and the other man passed out because of a lack of oxygen while working in the confines of the train car. The two men fell to the floor, which was covered in a few inches of water. Cisneros drowned in the water, the report states, and he was later found face down and unresponsive.

First responders took him to North Colorado Medical Center, the report states, but they weren’t able to resuscitate him. He died about 10 a.m. that morning, according to the report.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident, according to Juan Rodriguez, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor. Rodriguez said the investigation is ongoing, but did not have more information.

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