Event Type: Railroad Accident
Location:Red Oak, IA
Date: April 17, 2011
The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of investigators to investigate a rear end collision between two Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) trains. The collision occurred yesterday morning, April 17 at 7am (CDT) in Red Oak, Iowa.
Early information indicates that a BNSF freight train collided with a standing BNSF maintenance train. Two BNSF employees were fatally injured. Two locomotives and multiple cars derailed as a result of the accident.
Michael Flanigon is serving as the Investigator-in-Charge for the 7-member team from the NTSB. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Media Contact: Keith Holloway202-314-6100 (NTSB HQ)