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Accident Report Detail

Rear End Collision of Two Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Trains

Executive Summary

About 11:35 a.m., on August 18, 1976, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority train No. 461 struck the rear of train No. 409 which was standing near the East 79th Street Station in Cleveland, Ohio. Twenty persons were injured and property damage was estimated to be $61,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the operator of train No. 461 to comply with the mandatory stop signal indication and to apply the brakes in emergency promptly after the train ahead had been sighted, and operation of the train at an excessive speed. Contributing to the probable cause was the lack of an effective operator training program and the ineffectiveness of the protective devices and procedures to prevent a following train from entering an occupied block.

Accident Location: Cleveland , OH    
Accident Date: 8/18/1976
Accident ID: 80022

Date Adopted: 8/4/1977
NTSB Number: RAR-77-05
NTIS Number: PB-294648/AS

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