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Accident Report Detail

Rear End Collision of Two Consolidated Rail Corporation Freight Trains

Executive Summary

About 5:08 a.m., e.s.t., on January 31, 1979, Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) freight train CNEN-0 collided with the rear end of standing Conrail train SYEN-0 at Muncy, Pennsylvania. The lead locomotive unit of train CNEN-0 was destroyed and the second unit was heavily damaged; 14 cars were damaged. Four cars of train SYEN-0 were destroyed, and one was heavily damaged. Two crewmembers were killed and three were injured. Total property damage was estimated to be $1,304,200.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the engineer and the front brakeman of train CNEN-O to operate the train at a speed required by signal indication that would have allowed the engineer to stop the train short of standing train SYEN-O. Contributing to the collision was the failure of the operating rules to require the conductor to be located in a position to properly supervise the safe operation of the train.

Accident Location: Muncy , PA    
Accident Date: 1/31/1979
Accident ID: 79763

Date Adopted: 8/2/1979
NTSB Number: RAR-79-06
NTIS Number: PB-299962/AS

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