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Accident Report Detail

Derailment, Consolidated Rail Corporation

Executive Summary

On April 21, 1997, about 11:29 a.m., eastern daylight time, a Consolidated Rail Corporation (CR) eastbound freight train ELBU-1 derailed 31 cars at milepost (MP) 253 on CR's Chicago Line, near Sandusky, Ohio. The train consisted of 2 locomotive units and 136 cars and was manned by an engineer and a conductor. There were no injuries. At the time of the accident, it was cloudy with an ambient temperature reported at 51° F. Total damage was estimated at $ 1.1 million.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the engineer's improper handling of the throttle and the dynamic brake which allowed the slack to run-in and cause enough lateral and vertical in-train forces to derail the train.

Accident Location: Sandusky , OH    
Accident Date: 4/21/1997
Accident ID: ATL97FR011

Date Adopted: 8/18/1998
NTSB Number: RAB-98-19
NTIS Number:  

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