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Accident Report Detail

 
Head On Collision Between Amtrak Train No. 82 and Seaboard Coast Line Extra 2771 South

Executive Summary

About 7:38 a.m., on April 2, 1980, northbound Amtrak Train No. 82 collided head-on with Seaboard Coast Line (SCL) Extra 2771 South on the single track of the SCL Railroad at Lakeview, North Carolina, after train No. 82 overran a stop signal at the north end of the double track. Twenty-nine crewmembers and ninety-four passengers were injured, and damage was estimated at $1,145,492.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the engineer of train No. 82 to perceive and comply with the "approach" aspect of a signal and his continued operation of the train at a speed too high to stop before it overran a stop signal. Contributing factors to the accident were the dense Log and the train's speed which reduced the engineer's perception time; the engineer's possible distraction by a schoolbus which crossed immediately in front of the train as it approached the signal; and the absence of means to alert the engineer that he had failed to comply with the approach signal indications.


Accident Location: Lakeview , NC    
Accident Date: 4/2/1980
Accident ID: 79773

Date Adopted: 9/2/1980
NTSB Number: RAR-80-08
NTIS Number: PB81-104085

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