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Accident Report Detail

Penn Central Transportation Company Train Collisions

Executive Summary

About 11:00 p.m. on June 6, 1975, three freight trains of the Penn Central Transportation Company (PC) were involved in a collision near Leetonia, Ohio. Extra 6330 West collided with the rear of standing Extra 2278 West. Immediately there after, Extra 6259 East, which was on an adjacent track, struck the wrecked cars from the other two trains. One employee was killed and seven others were injured. Property damage amounted to about $1.25 million.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the engineer and brakeman to assure the operation of the train at a speed slow enough to stop it within the visibility range. This violated the restricted speed rule required by the signal indication.

Accident Location: Leetonia , OH    
Accident Date: 6/6/1975
Accident ID: 79805

Date Adopted: 2/17/1976
NTSB Number: RAR-76-02
NTIS Number: PB-251149/AS

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