RAILROAD Accident Report

Derailment of Amtrak Train 49
on Conrail Trackage
Near Batavia, New York
August 3, 1994

NTSB Number RAR-96/02
NTIS Number PB96-916302
PDF Document (1.3M)


Abstract: On August 3, 1994, westbound Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) train 49 derailed on Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation) trackage at milepost 406.7 near Batavia, New York. Ten crewmembers and 108 passengers sustained injuries.

The major safety issues included in this report are the lack of Federal and industry guidelines for flattened rail head conditions and the integrity of passenger car seats. The report also discusses the timeliness and adequacy of emergency response services.

As a result of its investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board issued safety recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, the Association of American Railroads, and the American Short Line Railroad Association.