About 3:40 p.m., on August 2, 1976, 39 cars of Union Pacific Railroad freight train Extra 2800 East derailed near Hastings, Nebraska. Damage was estimated to be about $1,155,010. No one was injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the previously disturbed track structure to withstand the lateral forces generated by the 42nd, 43rd, and 44th cars of the train. The lateral forces resulted from a run-in of disproportionately heavy cars in the rear portion of the train.