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Accident Report Detail

Rear-end Collision, Union Pacific Railroad Company

Executive Summary

On February 21, 1997, about 2:08 a.m., central standard time, Union Pacific Railroad (UP) northbound freight train HGHEM 20 (train EM-20) collided with the rear car of UP northbound freight train BVFW-20 (train BVFW). The rear-end collision occurred on the UP's Brownsville Subdivision Main Line at milepost (MP) 152.54, near Odem, Texas.

The two rear cars of train BVFW were derailed and the lead locomotive of the striking train was damaged. At the time of the collision, it was reported to be foggy with an ambient temperature of 54° F. Total damages were estimated at $31,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was that the crew of train BVFW-20 were inattentive to their duties and failed to ascertain that the rear of their train was not clear of the yard limits in Odem, Texas. Contributing to the accident was the incorrect consist information supplied by the clerk.

Accident Location: Odem , TX    
Accident Date: 2/21/1997
Accident ID: ATL97FR005

Date Adopted: 4/23/1998
NTSB Number: RAB-98-02
NTIS Number:  

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