Metro-North Railroad Special Investigation

The NTSB is scheduled to consider adoption of a Special Investigation Report on selected Metro-North accidents on November 19, 2014. The Special Investigation Report will explore organizational factors and regulatory oversight as well as circumstances specific to the individual Metro-North accidents that will be included in the report.

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Special Investigation Docket

The Special Investigation docket contains additional materials related to the investigation. Each of the individual accident dockets listed below contain materials related to that specific accident.

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Bridgeport, CT, May 17, 2013

Accident No: DCA13MR003
Accident Type: Railroad Train Derailment

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On May 17, 2013 at 6:01 p.m. eastern daylight time, eastbound Metro-North Railroad passenger train 1548 (departing Grand Central Terminal, NY toward New Haven, CT) derailed at milepost 53.25 on main track number 4 of the New Haven Line Subdivision 7 and was struck by westbound Metro-North passenger train 1581 (departing New Haven toward Grand Central Terminal). As a result of the collision, 48 passengers, 2 engineers, and a conductor were transported to local hospitals on the day of the accident. Metro-North estimated there were about 250 passengers on each train at the time of the accident.

Both Metro-North trains consisted of eight multiple unit electrically powered passenger railcars. The lead car #9193, of the westbound striking train and the fourth car #9247, of the eastbound struck train, were severely damaged as a result of the collision. Damage was estimated by Metro-North at $ 18.5 million.

The weather at the time of the accident was reported 71° F and partly cloudy, clear with no precipitation.

The parties to the investigation include Metro-North Railroad, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Association of Commuter Rail Employees, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division and Kawasaki Rail Car Inc.

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West Haven, CT, May 28, 2013

Accident No: DCA13FR005
Accident Type: Railroad Train Strike

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On May 28, 2013 at 11:57 a.m. eastern daylight time, Metro-North Railroad passenger train 1559, traveling westbound at 70 mph, struck and fatally injured a track foreman working on the New Haven Line, Subdivision Number 7. The fatal injury occurred approximately 100 feet west of catenary bridge 1021 on main track 1. This is located within the city limits of West Haven, Connecticut, New Haven County. The train consisted of nine passenger cars.

Weather conditions at time of accident were 67° F, wind speed 6 mph and overcast.

The parties to the investigation include the following organizations; the Federal Railroad Administration, Metro-North Railroad, the Association of Commuter Railroad Employees, and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division.

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Bronx, NY, July, 18, 2013 (Bronx 1)

Accident No: DCA13FR009
Accident Type: Railroad Train Derailment

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On July 18, 2013 at 08:29 p.m. eastern daylight time, northbound CSXT train Q 704, derailed at milepost 9.99 on the Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line. The train consisted of 2 locomotives and 24 modified flat cars. Each flat car carried 4 containers loaded with municipal waste. The train departed CSXT Oak Point Yard and was routed onto the Metro-North Railroad at Control Point (CP) 8.0. The derailment occurred just north of CP 10 on track number 2.

The engineer of southbound Metro-North train 781 reported of seeing sparks and dust flying when the CSXT train derailed after passing him at Marble Hill station (MP 9.8). There were no injuries and damage to rolling stock was estimated at about $800,000. The weather at the time of the accident was reported as 91° F and clear.

The parties to the investigation include the Federal Railroad Administration, Metro North Railroad, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Railway and Airline Supervisors Association, Koppers Corporation, CSX Transportation, Waste Management, Inc. and Diversified Mechanical Services.

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Bronx, NY, December 1, 2013 (Bronx 2)

Accident No: DCA14MR002
Accident Type: Railroad Train Derailment

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On Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 07:19 a.m. eastern standard time, southbound Metro-North Commuter Railroad passenger train #8808 derailed at milepost 11.35 on track number 2 of the Metro-North Hudson Line. The train originated in Poughkeepsie, NY with a destination of Grand Central Station in New York City. It consisted of 7 passenger cars and 1 locomotive at the rear in a push configuration. All 7 passenger cars and the locomotive derailed. The derailment occurred in a 6 degree 30 minute left hand curve where speed was limited to 30 mph. Event recorder data indicates that the train was traveling at 82 mph when it derailed. As a result of the derailment, 4 passengers were killed and 59 persons were transported to local hospitals for injuries. Metro North estimated there were about 115 passengers on the train at the time of the derailment.

Damage was estimated by Metro North to be in excess of $9,000,000. The weather at the time of the accident was reported as 39° F with cloudy skies.

The parties to the investigation include the Federal Railroad Administration, Metro-North Railroad, New York Public Transportation Safety Board, Teamsters Local 808, New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, New York Office of Emergency Management and Bombardier Transportation.

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Manhattan, NY, March 10, 2014

Accident No: DCA14FR006
Accident Type: Railroad Train Strike

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On March 10, 2014 at 12:55 a.m., eastern daylight time, a Metro-North Railroad electrician was killed when struck by northbound train Number 897 in Manhattan, New York. At the time of the accident, the electrician was restoring power to tracks that had been out-of-service earlier for maintenance. The electrician was not within the limits issued earlier to provide protection from trains.

The train consisted of one locomotive and 7 passenger cars. The accident occurred on the Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line near 106th Street. At the time of the accident, the train was traveling about 40 mph (the maximum authorized train speed was 45 mph) through the interlocking at C.P.-3 from the number 2 track to the number 1 track. The sky was dark and overcast, and the temperature was 38° F.

The parties to the investigation include the Federal Railroad Administration, New York Department of Transportation, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Association of Commuter Railroad Employees, and Metro-North Railroad.

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