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Accident Report Detail

Roadway Workers Struck by Amtrak Acela Train 2154

Executive Summary

On March 13, 2008, about 1:11 p.m., eastbound Amtrak Acela train 2154 struck two roadway workers at milepost (MP) 186.1 on track 2 along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor in Providence, Rhode Island. The train was traveling about 50 mph at the time of impact. One worker was killed and the other was seriously injured. A third worker sustained minor injuries moving out of the train's path. The injured were transported to and treated at a local hospital.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the March 13, 2008, accident involving a roadway work group that was struck by eastbound Amtrak Acela train 2154 in Providence, Rhode Island, was the foreman's failure to communicate critical changes made to on-track safety protection and to utilize all assigned trackmen as watchmen while working in a hot spot. Contributing to the accident was the watchman's failure to recognize that he was poorly positioned to perform his duties.

Accident Location: Providence , RI    
Accident Date: 3/13/2008
Accident ID: DCA08FR004

Date Adopted: 12/15/2009
NTSB Number: RAB-09-04
NTIS Number:  

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