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Accident Report Detail

Rear End Collision of an Alaska Railroad Freight Train with a Passenger Train

Executive Summary

About 3:46 p.m. on July 5, 1975, an Alaska Railroad freight train, Extra 1502 South, collided with the rear of passenger train No. 5, which had stopped south of Hurricane, Alaska, to permit the passengers on the train to view Mt. McKinley. All cars of the passenger train and the first four locomotive units of the freight train were derailed. Sixty-two persons were injured and one of the injured subsequently died.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the engineer of Extra 1502 South to operate the braking system on the locomotive properly and the failures of both traincrews to comply with railroad operating rules.

Accident Location: Hurricane , AK    
Accident Date: 7/5/1975
Accident ID: 79985

Date Adopted: 2/19/1976
NTSB Number: RAR-76-03
NTIS Number: PB-251489/AS

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