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Accident Report Detail

Derailment of Union Pacific Railroad Train QFPLI-26

Executive Summary

‚ÄčOn Saturday, May 27, 2000, about 11:48 a.m., central daylight time, 33 of the 113 cars making up eastbound Union Pacific Railroad train QFPLI-26 derailed near Eunice, Louisiana. Of the derailed cars, 15 contained hazardous materials and 2 contained hazardous materials residue. The derailment resulted in a release of hazardous materials with explosions and fire. About 3,500 people were evacuated from the surrounding area, which included some of the business area of Eunice. No one was injured during the derailment of the train or the subsequent release of hazardous materials. Total damages exceeded $35 million.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the May 27, 2000, derailment of Union Pacific train QFPLI-26 was the failure of a set of joint bars that had remained in service with undetected and uncorrected defects because of the Union Pacific Railroad's ineffective track inspection procedures and inadequate management oversight.

Accident Location: Eunice , LA    
Accident Date: 5/27/2000
Accident ID: DCA00MR005

Date Adopted: 4/2/2002
NTSB Number: RAR-02-03
NTIS Number: PB2002-916303