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Accident Report Detail

Collision/Derailment, Gateway Western Railway

Executive Summary

Gateway Western Railway (GWWR) train Extra 2942 East, consisting of 5 locomotive units and 51 loaded intermodal cars, collided into the side of the rear car of the standing GWWR train Extra 2037 West, which had entered a siding to permit the eastbound train to pass. The Extra GWWR 2037 West train consisted of 4 locomotive units, 44 loaded and 47 empty freight cars. The accident occurred at about 5:50 a.m., central daylight time, on May 12, 1996 at milepost (MP) 264.2 of the GWWR No. 2 Subdivision, about 2 miles east of Pleasant Hill, Illinois.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the conductor and engineer of Extra 2037 West to provide adequate protection for the rear end of the train and ensure that the rear end of the train did not obstruct the main track.

Accident Location: Pleasant Hill , IL    
Accident Date: 5/12/1996
Accident ID: CHI96FR014

Date Adopted: 8/18/1998
NTSB Number: RAB-98-10
NTIS Number:  

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