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Accident Report Detail

Rear End Collision of Conrail Commuter Train No. 400 and Amtrak Passenger Train No. 60

Executive Summary

About 6:40 p.m., on June 9, 1978, Conrail commuter train No. 400 struck Amtrak passenger train No. 60, which was slowing to stop at a grade crossing at Seabrook, Maryland. Eight cars of train No. 60 and the three head cars of train No. 400 derailed. Sixteen crewmembers and 160 passengers were injured, and damage was estimated to be $248,050.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the engineer of train No. 400 to perceive the train ahead and to properly apply the brakes in sufficient time to prevent a collision. Contributing to the accident was the failure of Amtrak to assure that the train crews were adequately trained. The causes of the large number of injuries in this relatively low-speed collision were the failure to maintain and service seats on the Amfleet equipment, and the injury-producing fixtures designed into the commuter cars.

Accident Location: Seabrook , MD    
Accident Date: 6/9/1978
Accident ID: 80007

Date Adopted: 3/8/1979
NTSB Number: RAR-79-03
NTIS Number: PB-294710/AS