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NTSB ID: DCA12MR005

Event Type: Railroad Crash

Location: Goodwell, Oklahoma

Date: June 24, 2012


Railroad Accident Investigation Involving Two Freight Trains near Goodwell, OK.

Investigative Hearing: Railroad Accident Investigation Involving Two Freight Trains
2/26/2013

On June 24, 2012, at about 10:00 a.m., an eastbound and a westbound UP freight train collided while operating on a straight track near Goodwell. As a result of the crash, three of the four crewmembers aboard the two trains were fatally injured. The fourth crewmember jumped from the locomotive prior to the collision and survived with no major injuries. Fuel tanks from the derailed locomotives were ruptured and created a diesel-fed fire. Damages were estimated at $14.79 million.

Although this investigation is still ongoing, factual information indicates that if positive train control had been in use, the safety technology designed to supplement the human operation of trains, it could have prevented the collision. The Board will also examine UP's management of human error in its operations as well as system safety programs.

Parties to the investigation include: the FRA, Union Pacific Railroad, United Transportation Union and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen.

Railroad investigator Jim Southworth will serve as the Investigator-in-Charge. NTSB Board Member Mark Rosekind is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation.


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NTSB Media Briefing on the Investigation of Two Freight Trains that Collided In Oklahoma.

NTSB Second Media Briefing on the Investigation of Two Freight Trains that Collided In Oklahoma

NTSB recorders expert Doug Brazy briefs Member Rosekind at the scene of the Union Pacific freight train accident.

NTSB recorders expert Doug Brazy briefs Member Rosekind while at the accident scene involving two freight trains that collided outside Goodwell, Oklahoma.

NTSB rail investigator Richard Hipskind working on scene in Oklahoma, where two Union Pacific freight trains collided.

NTSB rail investigator Timothy DePaepe testing signals in the area of the collision involving two freight trains near Goodwell, OK.

Robert Grimaila, Union Pacific Railroad's vice president for safety, answers questions from NTSB board members during Tuesday's investigative hearing.

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