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Accident Report Detail

Collision, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Executive Summary

On January 16, 1996, at approximately 5:34 p.m., eastern standard time, a collision occurred between a northbound Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter train and a loaded semi-tractor trailer lowboy vehicle, which was hung-up on Forest Street road crossing, a signalized/manned crossing at grade, in the town of Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the truck driver to recognize the danger of getting hung-up on the crossing and driving the vehicle onto the grade crossing without knowing he could safely traverse the tracks.

Accident Location: Wakefield , MA    
Accident Date: 1/16/1996
Accident ID: ATL96FR011

Date Adopted: 8/18/1998
NTSB Number: RAB-98-05
NTIS Number:  

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