NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB sending team to investigate rail accident in northwest Indiana

January 6, 2012

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is dispatching a go-team to investigate the freight train derailment that occurred near Westville, Indiana, earlier today.

At approximately 2:25 p.m. (CST), a CSX freight train rear-ended another CSX freight train, while a third CSX freight train was passing on the adjacent track. As a result of this incident, a number of cars derailed and a small fire ensued. Several injuries have been reported.

Railroad Investigator Ted Turpin is Investigator-in-Charge and is traveling to the scene from the NTSB's regional office near Los Angeles. He will be accompanied by NTSB technical specialists in the areas of human performance, operations, and signals. Mr. Turpin will serve as principal spokesman during the on-scene investigation.

On-scene investigation photos

NTSB Press Contact: Bridget Serchak
(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.