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Accident Report Detail

​Employee Fatality, BNSF Argentine Yard

Executive Summary

​On August 15, 2011, about 1:12 p.m., central daylight time, a BNSF Railway (BNSF) yard crewmember was killed while coupling railcars in the BNSF Argentine Yard in Kansas City, Kansas. The accident occurred on the east end of track 23 in the classification yard. During the day of the accident, the weather was overcast and rainy. The temperature was 63°F.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the remote control operations crew to establish required protections before the helper entered the gap between the lead-end of a train and a cut of freestanding, rolling railcars.
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Accident Location: Kansas City , KS USA  
Accident Date: 8/15/2011
Accident ID: DCA11FR006

Date Adopted: 6/25/2014
NTSB Number: RAB1403
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