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Accident Report Detail

Fatality, National Railroad Passenger Corporation

Executive Summary

On Wednesday, November 27, 1996, at about 6:07 a.m., eastern standard time, a westbound National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) passenger train 101, operating on eastward track No. 1 over the Metropolitan Division at a recorded speed of 86 mph, struck and fatally injured an Amtrak maintenance-of-way employee (flagman) at milepost (MP) 4.84 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Reported weather conditions were broken overcast skies, windy and cold with an ambient temperature of 25° F. Visibility was restricted due to early dawn.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the unsafe condition presented by the inadequate construction of the stairway leading to the right-of-way of the high-speed main track. The stairway did not provide the flagman a safe location to observe the track for approaching trains.

Accident Location: Secaucus , NJ    
Accident Date: 11/27/1996
Accident ID: ATL97FR002

Date Adopted: 8/18/1998
NTSB Number: RAB-98-15
NTIS Number:  

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