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Accident Report Detail

Rear-End Collision, Southern Pacific Transporation Company

Executive Summary

About 8:10 a.m., Pacific daylight time, on August 30, 1996, a Southern Pacific Lines (SP) freight train SP 7405 East collided with the rear end of standing SP freight train 1 LBBPX-29, near Beaumont, California. SP 7405 East was moving at about 20 mph at the time of the collision. The lead locomotive unit from the striking train and the rear car on the standing train were derailed. Fuel oil was released from the derailed locomotive when the fuel tank ruptured in the collision; however, the spill was contained to the immediate accident site. There were no injuries. Monetary damage was estimated to be $176,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the engineer and the conductor of the striking train mistakenly interpreted the restricted signal indication to be clear because of sunglare.

Accident Location: Beaumont , CA    
Accident Date: 8/20/1996
Accident ID: LAX96FR014

Date Adopted: 8/18/1998
NTSB Number: RAB-98-14
NTIS Number:  

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