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Accident Report Detail

Collision of Two Consolidated Railroad Corp. Commuter Trains

Executive Summary

About 6:28 p.m., on July 13, 1976, Conrail commuter train No. 1994 collided with the rear of commuter train No. 1992 which was standing on the main track in New Canaan, Connecticut. The first car of No. 1994 and several cars of No. 1992 derailed. Two passengers were killed and 30 persons were injured.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the engineer of train No. 1994 to perceive the train ahead and to apply the brakes at the earliest possible time. Contributing to the accident was the excessive speed of the train as it passed the controlling signal at Cane and the inadequacy of the signal system to convey to the engineer the situation ahead and to insure compliance with the indications of the signals.

Accident Location: New Canaan , CT    
Accident Date: 7/13/1976
Accident ID: 80012

Date Adopted: 5/19/1977
NTSB Number: RAR-77-04
NTIS Number: PB-294643/AS

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