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Accident Report Detail

Derailment of Virginia Railway Express Train

Executive Summary

On January 5, 2006, about 6:44 a.m., a northbound Virginia Railway Express commuter train, 304-05, operating on CSX Transportation’s (CSX’s) RF&P Subdivision derailed three passenger cars and a locomotive at Possum Point near Quantico, Virginia. Seven passengers and two crewmembers required medical attention.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the January 5, 2006, derailment of Virginia Railway Express train 304-05 near Quantico, Virginia, was an excessively worn and chipped switch point, which caused the lead truck of the fourth passenger car to derail. Contributing to the accident was CSX’s delay in replacing a switch point that had been repeatedly identified as deteriorating.

Accident Location: Quantico , VA    
Accident Date: 1/5/2006
Accident ID: DCA06FR003

Date Adopted: 11/20/2006
NTSB Number: RAB-06-06
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