Railroad Accident Brief

Employee Fatality, BNSF Argentine Yard

Kansas City, Kansas
August 15, 2011

NTSB Number: RAB-14-03
Adopted: June 25, 2014

The Accident

On August 15, 2011, about 1:12 p.m., central daylight time, a BNSF Railway (BNSF) yard crewmember was killed while coupling railcars in the BNSF Argentine Yard in Kansas City, Kansas. The accident occurred on the east end of track 23 in the classification yard. During the day of the accident, the weather was overcast and rainy. The temperature was 63°F.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the remote control operations crew to establish required protections before the helper entered the gap between the lead-end of a train and a cut of freestanding, rolling railcars.

For more details about this accident, visit www.ntsb.gov/investigations/dms.html and search for NTSB accident ID DCA11FR006.