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Accident Report Detail

Collision, Central Kansas Railway

Executive Summary

On July 16, 1998, about 6:40 a.m. central daylight time, a Central Kansas Railway (CKR) Hutchinson North Switcher (HNS) train collided with a parked Hoisington Local (HL) train near Geneseo, Kansas. The HNS train was traveling about 8 miles per hour when the collision occurred. The HNS train consisted of 4 locomotive units and 128 freight cars. The HL train consisted of 6 locomotive units and 13 freight cars. At the time of the collision, the HL train was being refueled from a fuel truck. The weather was clear and sunny; the temperature was 91° F.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was that the Hutchinson North Switcher train crewmembers allowed their train to enter and proceed along the main track without first obtaining track warrant authority and the Central Kansas Railway management’s lack of operational safety oversight.

Accident Location: Geneseo , KS    
Accident Date: 6/16/1998
Accident ID: CHI98FR011

Date Adopted: 12/1/1998
NTSB Number: RAB-98-25
NTIS Number:  

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