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Railroad Accident Brief: Union Pacific Railroad Employee Fatality, Kansas City, Kansas

Executive Summary

​On September 29, 2015, at 11:15 a.m. central daylight time, Union Pacific Railroad (UP) remote control train YAR-24R-29 struck and fatally injured a foreman conducting switching operations at the east end of Armourdale Yard in Kansas City, Kansas. The foreman was found in the gage of track 5 under the lead railcar. A second switching crew foreman working in the yard was operating the striking train. There was no property damage. The sky was partly cloudy and the temperature was 70° F.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the east crew foreman being in the gage of the track for unknown reasons while a train switching movement was being performed by another crew. Contributing to the accident was the inadequate radio communications and work coordination between the crews working in the yard.

Accident Location: Kansas City , KS USA  
Accident Date: 9/29/2015
Accident ID: DCA15FR017

Date Adopted: 12/29/2017
NTSB Number: RAB1713
NTIS Number:  

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