Railroad Accident Report
Collision and Derailment of Two Subway Trains
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
New York City Transit
Brooklyn, New York
February 9, 1995

NTSB Number RAR-96/01
NTIS Number PB96-916301
PDF Document (973K)

Abstract: On February 9, 1995, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit subway train collided with a stopped subway train. The rear-end collision, in which 11 passengers and 4 transit employees sustained minor injuries, occurred on elevated track south of the Ninth Avenue station in Brooklyn, New York.

The major safety issues discussed in this report are the effectiveness of automatic stop arms to ensure compliance with stop signals and the adequacy of transit system oversight to ensure compliance with operating rules. The report also includes safety issues relating to speedometers, radios, positive train separation, crashworthiness and occupant survivability, and emergency response.

As a result of its investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board issued safety recommendations to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority/New York City Transit.