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Accident Report Detail

Uncontrolled Movement, Collision and Passenger Fatality, Angels Flight Railway

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 12:17 p.m. on February 1, 2001, the two cars of the Angels Flight funicular railway (Angels Flight) collided in downtown Los Angeles, California. The accident resulted in 7 injuries and 1 fatality among the 20 passengers aboard the two cars and injuries to a pedestrian. The Angels Flight Operating Company estimated monetary damage to the cars at $370,000 with an additional $1.2 million to replace the funicular haul system.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the Yantrak Company's (Lift Engineering's) improper design and construction of the Angels Flight funicular drive and the failure of the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, its contractors (Pueblo Contracting Services, Yantrak, and Harris and Associates), and the California Public Utilities Commission to ensure that the railway system conformed to initial safety design specifications and known funicular safety standards.

Accident Location: Los Angeles , CA    
Accident Date: 2/1/2001
Accident ID: DCA01FR001

Date Adopted: 8/5/2003
NTSB Number: RAR-03-03
NTIS Number: PB2003-916303