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Accident Report Detail

Yard Foreman Struck by CSX Freight Car

Executive Summary

On April 1, 2008, about 3:22 a.m., a CSX Transportation (CSX) yard crew foreman was severely injured when he was struck by a free-rolling freight car in CSX's Stanley Yard in Walbridge, Ohio. He injured his left arm and shoulder, head, face, and lungs. At the time of the accident, it was dark and 53° F, with a light rain and winds up to 31 mph.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the April 1, 2008, accident in which a free-rolling freight car in CSX's Stanley Yard struck a CSX foreman was the foreman's lack of situational awareness regarding movements on an adjacent track. Contributing to the accident was the foreman's failure to obtain protection from movements on the adjacent track in accordance with CSX's written policy. Also contributing to the accident was CSX's lack of managerial oversight of employees' adherence to the policy of obtaining adjacent track protection.

Accident Location: Walbridge , OH    
Accident Date: 4/1/2008
Accident ID: DCA08FR005

Date Adopted: 3/31/2011
NTSB Number: RAB-11-03
NTIS Number:  

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