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​Railroad Accident Brief: New York City Transit Train Strikes Two Flagmen

Executive Summary

​On November 3, 2016, at 12:05 a.m. eastern daylight time, New York City Transit (NYCT) subway train 2328G, operating underground in a tunnel between the Fort Hamilton Parkway and Church Avenue stations, struck two NYCT employees on the F Line in Brooklyn, New York. The employees were setting up flagging protection for a contractor who needed to cross the track to access an instrument control room in the tunnel. One employee was killed, and one was seriously injured. After the accident, 23 passengers were evacuated while the crew remained with the train. The transit equipment and the track structure did not sustain any damage.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the Rail Control Center to communicate to the train dispatcher and tower operator that flaggers were on the track. Also contributing to the accident is New York City Transit’s absence of a risk assessment when planning its flagging operations and permitting train movements into unprotected work zones.

Accident Location: Brooklyn , NY USA  
Accident Date: 11/3/2016
Accident ID: DCA17FR001

Date Adopted: 6/21/2019
NTSB Number: RAB1903
NTIS Number:  

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