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Accident Report Detail

Derailment of Amtrak Train No. 58, City of New Orleans

Executive Summary

About 6:33 p.m. central daylight time on April 6, 2004, northbound National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) train No. 58 (City of New Orleans) derailed on Canadian National Railway Company railroad track near Flora, Mississippi. The entire train, consisting of one locomotive, one baggage car, and eight passenger cars, derailed near milepost 196.5 while traveling about 78 mph. The train was carrying 61 passengers and 12 Amtrak employees. The derailment resulted in 1 fatality, 3 serious injuries, and 43 minor injuries. The equipment costs associated with the accident totaled about $7 million.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of Amtrak's City of New Orleans accident on April 6, 2004, near Flora, Mississippi, was the failure of the Canadian National Railway Company to properly maintain and inspect its track, resulting in a rail shift and the subsequent derailment of the train, and the Federal Railroad Administration's ineffective oversight to ensure the proper maintenance of the track by the railroad.

Accident Location: Flora , MS    
Accident Date: 4/6/2004
Accident ID: DCA04MR008

Date Adopted: 7/26/2005
NTSB Number: RAR-05-02
NTIS Number: PB2005-916302