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Accident Report Detail

Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company, Train No. 10/76

Executive Summary

Train No. 10/76 derailed on Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac (RF&P) tracks near Franconia, Virginia, at approximately 12:10 a.m. on January 27, 1970. Of the 101 passengers in the 10 cars, three were killed, five incurred injuries requiring hospitalization and 45 persons were treated for less serious injuries. Total estimated damage, including personal injuries, approximated $637,050.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the derailment was the lateral movement of the track immediately ahead of the locomotive, due to conditions resulting from inadequate track maintenance procedures.

Accident Location: Franconia , VA    
Accident Date: 1/27/1970
Accident ID: 79988

Date Adopted: 2/3/1971
NTSB Number: RAR-71-01
NTIS Number: PB-198263

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