NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB TO RELEASE FACTUAL REPORTS ON MASS BAY COMMUTER RAIL COLLISION

June 8, 2007

As part of its continuing investigation into an accident in which a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority passenger train struck track maintenance equipment in January, killing two MBTA workers and seriously injuring two others, the National Transportation Safety Board will open a public docket and release a factual report on Monday, June 11, 2007, at 11:00 am.

On January 9, 2007, about 1:38 pm eastern daylight time, southbound MBTA passenger train No. 322, traveling at 60 mph, struck track maintenance equipment near Woburn, Massachusetts. Six track employees were working on or near the equipment at the time. Two employees were fatally injured, two employees were seriously injured, and two employees were unhurt. Emergency responders treated and released ten passengers at the accident scene.

The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. It will include investigative group factual reports, interview transcripts, injury and police reports, transcripts of recorded radio conversations, maintenance records, 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.

For news media representatives, a CD-ROM containing the docket material will be available from the Office of Public Affairs, NTSB Headquarters (6th floor), 490 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. beginning at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 11, 2007. Docket material also can be obtained from the NTSB's Public Inquiries Branch 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

 

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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.