NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


July 18, 2006

Washington, DC -- As part of its continuing investigation into the derailment of Metra train 504, the National Transportation Safety Board will open a public docket and release a series of factual reports on Thursday, July 20, 2006, at 11:00 am.

On September 17, 2005 eastbound Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation (Metra) train 504 derailed one locomotive and five cars near West 47th Street and South Federal Street in Chicago, Illinois. Two passengers received fatal injuries as a result of the derailment.

The public docket is provided on a CD-ROM and will be available at the Office of Public Affairs, NTSB Headquarters (6th floor), 490 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C.

The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide analysis. It will include investigative group factual reports, interviews, and other documents from the investigation. Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date when the final report on the investigation is completed.

Docket material also can be obtained from the NTSB's Records Management Division by calling (202) 314-6551, or from General Microfilm, Inc., (304) 267-5830.

This will be a document release only; no interviews will be conducted.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.