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Accident Report Detail

Grade Crossing/Derailment, Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Executive Summary

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) train No. 114, consisting of two articulated light-rail-vehicles (LRV) struck a Caterpillar front-end loader (earth moving machine) at the intersection of Lancaster Road and Fordham Road in Dallas, Texas at 4:55 p.m., central daylight time, on June 3, 1997. The train was traveling at a recorded speed of 37 mph in 35-mph territory when the accident occurred. The lead wheels of the lead car, LRV 114, were derailed, and 19 of the 20 passengers on the train sustained minor injuries. The operator of the front-end loader sustained a broken arm, lacerations and contusions. The damages associated with the accident were about $920,166.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the driver of the front-end loader for some unknown reason proceeded through a red traffic light and turned left, directly into the path of the oncoming train.

Accident Location: Dallas , TX    
Accident Date: 6/3/1997
Accident ID: CHI97FR010

Date Adopted: 8/18/1998
NTSB Number: RAB-98-22
NTIS Number:  

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