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Accident Report Detail

Head On Collision of Two Norfolk Western Railway Company Freight Trains

Executive Summary

About 9:15 p.m., on October 19, 1976, at New Haven, Indiana, Norfolk & Western Railway Company (N&W) freight train Extra 1376 West collided head-on with N&W yard locomotive unit No. 3363, which was pulling 55 freight cars. One locomotive unit, a caboose, and one car of Extra 1376 West, and the yard locomotive and one car were derailed. The brakeman on the locomotive of Extra 1376 West was killed and four crewmembers were injured. The estimated cost of damage was $168,400.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the crewmembers of Extra 1376 West to couple the airbrake hoses between the fifth and sixth cars from the rear, and to test the brakes as required by N&W rules and the Federal Power Brake Law of 1958.

Accident Location: New Haven , IN    
Accident Date: 10/19/1976
Accident ID: 80174

Date Adopted: 8/5/1977
NTSB Number: RAR-77-06
NTIS Number: PB-294649/AS

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