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Accident Report Detail

Employee Switching Fatality

Executive Summary

​On October 8, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. mountain daylight time, a BNSF Railway (BNSF) conductor died while BNSF local train L-PWR0223-8 I was pulling nine railroad cars on an industry track on the Pikes Peak Subdivision near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the conductor leaving cars on track 813 with insufficient clearance to the adjacent track and then instructing the engineer to move the railroad cars on track 816 before stepping clear of the moving cars. The conductor’s focus on successfully coupling the railroad cars on track 816 likely contributed to the accident.

Accident Location: Colorado Springs , CO    
Accident Date: 10/8/2014
Accident ID: DCA15FR001

Date Adopted: 7/14/2015
NTSB Number: RAB-15-05
NTIS Number:  

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