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Railroad Accident Brief: National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak) Passenger Train 55 Collision with Rocks and Subsequent Derailment on the New England Central Railroad

Executive Summary

‚ÄčOn October 5, 2015, at 10:22 a.m. eastern daylight time (EDT), southbound National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak) passenger train 55 derailed at milepost (MP) 65.2 after striking a rock pile that fouled the track on the New England Central Railroad (NECR) Roxbury Subdivision track near Northfield, Vermont. The collision caused the locomotive and four coach cars to derail; the locomotive and the first coach car slid down a steep embankment. (See figure 1.) Four train crew members and three passengers were injured. Amtrak estimated the equipment damages at $10 million, and the NECR estimated the track-related damages at $200,000.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the collision of the train with debris from a rock slide that fouled the track.

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Accident Location: Northfield , VT USA  
Accident Date: 10/5/2015
Accident ID: DCA16FR001

Date Adopted: 6/7/2017
NTSB Number: RAB1703
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