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Railroad Accident Brief: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Train 401 Strikes On-Track Equipment

Executive Summary

​On June 3, 2018, about 8:46 p.m. eastern daylight time, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) northbound train 401 struck on-track equipment (OTE) about 120 yards north of the Medical Center Station, near Sandy Springs, Georgia. The train had departed the MARTA Medical Center Station just prior to the accident. The Cleveland Electric Company, a MARTA contractor, owned and operated the OTE. A contract employee, who was the operator of the OTE, died from injuries sustained during the collision. Neither the passengers nor the train operator reported any injuries. The train speed at the time of collision was 22 mph.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this collision was the primary flagperson moving the on-track equipment outside of the restriction area without authority and on-track protection. Contributing to the accident was the rail operator’s failure to make a visual check of the immediate track area ahead of the train before commencing movement from the Medical Center Station and a failure to maintain a constant visual check of track conditions as far ahead as possible.

Accident Location: Sandy Springs , GA USA  
Accident Date: 6/3/2018
Accident ID: RRD18LR008

Date Adopted: 8/6/2019
NTSB Number: RAB1904
NTIS Number:  

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