NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


April 28, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board has released the following three rail accident investigation reports:

Collision of Two Municipal Railway Transit System (MUNI) Trains, San Francisco, California

On July 18, 2009, about 2:50 p.m., a MUNI train struck another standing MUNI train at West Portal Station. The operators of both trains and 46 passengers were taken to hospitals. The operator of the striking train and 27 of the passengers had serious injuries.

Collision of Metrolink Passenger Train and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Freight Train, Rialto, California

On November 20, 2008, about 11:25 a.m., an eastbound Metrolink passenger train failed to stop at a red signal and collided with the last eight cars and two rear locomotives of a westbound BNSF freight train. There were 15 passengers and 3 crew members on the Metrolink train. Four passengers received minor injuries. The two crew members of the BNSF freight train were unhurt.

Collision of Two Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Light Rail Passenger Trains, Boston, Massachusetts

On Friday, May 8, 2009, about 7:14 p.m., a westbound MBTA Green Line train struck the rear of another westbound MBTA train. The accident occurred near Government Center Station in the underground tunnel segment on the MBTA subway system. Sixty-eight injured passengers and crewmembers were transported to local hospitals.

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