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Accident Report Detail

Derailment of Amtrak Train on Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Executive Summary

About 8:17 a.m., on June 30, 1976, 2 locomotive units and 11 cars of Amtrak Train No. 59 derailed on the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Company's track near Goodman, Mississippi. Thirty-four of the 145 passengers on the train were injured, 11 crewmembers were injured, 6 trackmen were injured, and 1 trackman was killed. Property damage amounted to about $453,100.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the tipping of the east rail and widening of track gage when the track structure was unable to withstand the lateral forces generated by excessive oscillations of the locomotive trucks due to irregularities in the track alignment and cross level, the wet ballast and subgrade, and the train's excessive speed. The excessive oscillations occurred even though track alignment, track surface, and crosstie spiking complied with the minimum requirements for FRA Class 4 track, indicating that these FRA requirements are inadequate.

Accident Location: Goodman , MS    
Accident Date: 6/30/1976
Accident ID: 79969

Date Adopted: 4/7/1977
NTSB Number: RAR-77-03
NTIS Number: PB-267684

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