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​Railroad Accident Brief: Locomotive Engineer Has Seizure While Operating Train

Executive Summary

​On August 7, 2014, about 03:10 a.m. Pacific daylight time, Union Pacific Railroad (UP) local train LUM41-06 traveled into a Ken’s Foods, Inc., warehouse, ran through the end-of-track bumping post, and then collided with the inside wall while switching cars.1 The train consisted of 3locomotives and 14 loaded tank cars. Three Ken’s Foods employees were in the warehouse at the time. Estimated damages were $188,000 and there were no injuries.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the engineer’s failure to stop trainLUM41-06 before it collided with the bumping post and the inside wall of the building because he was incapacitated by a seizure. Contributing to the accident was the Federal Railroad Administration’s failure to establish medical certification standards, other than hearing and vision criteria, for railroad employees in safety-sensitive positions.

Accident Location: Arden , NV USA  
Accident Date: 8/7/2014
Accident ID: DCA14FR010

Date Adopted: 10/28/2015
NTSB Number: RAB-15-07
NTIS Number:  

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