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NTSB LAUNCHES TEAM TO INVESTIGATE RAILROAD ACCIDENT IN IOWA

April 18, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of investigators to investigate a rear end collision between two Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) trains. The collision occurred yesterday morning, April 17 at 7am (CDT) in Red Oak, Iowa.

Early information indicates that a BNSF freight train collided with a standing BNSF maintenance train. Two BNSF employees were fatally injured. Two locomotives and multiple cars derailed as a result of the accident.

Michael Flanigon is serving as the Investigator-in-Charge for the 7-member team from the NTSB. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Media contact:
Keith Holloway
202-314-6100
hollowk@ntsb.gov

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.