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NTSB rules on cause of Washington D.C. accident that killed two

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled last month on the probable cause of a fatal accident in June 2017 that killed both a CSX conductor and a conductor trainee.

The men were struck from behind at 11:18 p.m. June 27, 2017, by an Amtrak train while walking to the cab of their train in Ivy City, a neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

The men had just completed a railcar inspection.

The NTSB report, released April 9, stated that there had been no rail traffic for about an hour on the active tracks upon which the men were walking as they returned.

As they walked, a pair of Amtrak trains, one northbound and one southbound, approached the men, the report stated.

NTSB said the northbound Amtrak train approached the men from the front on tracks to the left of those upon which they were walking, and that both trains sounded their horns and bells at virtually the same time in attempts to alert them.

“Given the simultaneous and similar horn and bell sounds from the two trains, the conductors may not have discerned two sources of the sounds and, consequently, concluded that the sounds originated from only one train — the one that they had detected ahead of them.

“As a result, it appears the conductors were unaware that a second train was approaching them from behind,” the report stated.

NTSB issued a new safety recommendation to the two carriers involved in the accident at the conclusion of its report:

“Prohibit employees from fouling adjacent tracks of another railroad unless the employees are provided protection from trains and/or equipment on the adjacent tracks by means of communication between the two railroads.”

Read the full NTSB report here.

FRA investigates conductor death in Miss.

Christopher Ross Hubbard, age 36,  died on Sunday morning, October 30, during an accident that occurred as he and the engineer were performing a routine track switch near the town of Artesia, Miss.  Hubbard, from Cottondale, Ala.,  was a conductor on the Alabama Southern train. The accident occurred on a stretch of track owned by Kansas City Southern.  The FRA is investigating. Read more here. 

BNSF freight trains collide near Amarillo, TX

Amarillo.com reported that BNSF freight trains collided head-on this morning in the town of Panhandle, Texas, near Amarillo, creating a massive fireball and explosion that prompted a swift evacuation of Panhandle residents. Injuries and missing persons have been reported; at this time, no details have surfaced regarding those missing, or the number or severity of injuries. Read the complete story here.

Photo courtesy of Kayla Burks for Amarillo.com.FullSizeRender-2_0

Carrier at fault for June 3 Oregon derailment, says feds

UP derailmentFederal investigators are placing the blame squarely on Union Pacific Railroad for their lack of track maintenance as the cause of the June 3rd fiery derailment that resulted in a mass evacuation as 42,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the small town of Mosier, Oregon. Read the complete story here.  Photo courtesy of Silas Bleakley, KOIN 6 News.