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Accident Report Detail

​Metro-North Railroad Employee Fatality

Executive Summary

​On May 28, 2013,at 11:57 a.m. eastern daylight time, Metro-North Railroad(Metro-North)passenger train 1559, which was traveling westbound at 70 mph on the New Haven Line main track 1, struck and killed a track foreman in West Haven, Connecticut. The accident location was about100 feet west of catenary bridge 1021at milepost 69.56.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the student rail traffic controller's removal (while working without direct supervision) of signal blocking protection for the track segment occupied by the track foreman and the failure of Metro-North to use any redundant feature to prevent this single point failure. Contributing to the accident was the Federal Railroad Administration's failure to require redundant signal protection, as recommended by Safety Recommendation R-08-6.

Accident Location: West Haven , CT    
Accident Date: 5/28/2013
Accident ID: DCA13FR005

Date Adopted: 10/24/2014
NTSB Number: RAB1410
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