Railroad Accident Brief

Angels Flight Railway Derailment

Los Angeles, California
September 5, 2013

NTSB Number: RAB-14-02
Adopted: June 23, 2014

The Accident

On September 5, 2013, about 11:30 a.m. pacific daylight time, an Angels Flight Railway (Angels Flight) car that was moving down the incline derailed near the middle of the guideway.1 One passenger was onboard the derailed car, and five passengers were onboard the stalled car that had been moving up the incline. The temperature was 93°F,and the weather was clear. No passengers were injured.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause of the September 5, 2013, accident was the intentional bypass of the funicular safety system with Angels Flight management knowledge; and Angels Flight management continuation of revenue operations despite prolonged, and repeated, unidentified system safety shutdowns.