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Accident Report Detail

​Collision of BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad Trains Near Keithville, Louisiana

Executive Summary

​On Monday, December 30, 2013, at 6:37 a.m. central standard time, southbound Union Pacific Railroad (UP) freight train MPBSR 30collided head on with BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) train CMNRNAJ 23. The collision happened at milepost (MP) 218.5 near Keithville, Louisiana, which is about 20 miles south of Shreveport, Louisiana, on the UP Lufkin Subdivision. The three leading locomotives and one car from the UP train derailed. Two locomotives and 11 cars from the BNSF train derailed. At the time of the accident, it was dark and overcast with visibility of about 10 miles. The temperature was 37°F.
There were three crewmembers aboard each train. All of the UP crewmembers and one BNSF crewmember were injured. There was no significant fire or release of hazardous materials. Damages were estimated at $7.8 million.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the BNSF train conductor's improper positioning of a switch for movement into the siding occupied by the BNSF train.

Accident Location: Keithville , LA    
Accident Date: 12/30/2013
Accident ID: DCA14FR003

Date Adopted: 12/1/2014
NTSB Number: RAB-14-14
NTIS Number:  

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