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Accident Report Detail

Head On Collision of Two Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Trains

Executive Summary

About 10:05 a.m., e.d.t., on July 8, 1977, two trains of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority collided head-on on the eastbound track of the Shaker Heights Line, near 92nd and Holton Streets in Cleveland, Ohio. Sixty persons were injured and property damage was estimated to be $100,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to have established rules and procedures, and special instructions to assure safe train operations. Contributing to this accident were the failure of both supervisor to establish and coordinate adequate local procedures for operating trains in both directions on a single track, and, further, the vegetation along the curve which was allowed to grow to the extent that the view was blocked.

Accident Location: Cleveland , OH    
Accident Date: 7/8/1977
Accident ID: 80019

Date Adopted: 2/9/1978
NTSB Number: RAR-78-02
NTIS Number: PB-278191/AS

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