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Accident Report Detail

Rear End Collision of Union Pacific Railroad Company Freight Trains Extra 3119 West and Extra 8044 West

Executive Summary

At about 2:29 p.m PST, on November 17, 1980, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) work train Extra 3119 West ran out of control while descending a long 2.20% grade, overtook, and struck the rear of UP freight train Extra 8044 West on the UP's single main track near Kelso, California. Three train crew members were killed and 1 crew member was injured. The locomotive unit of Extra 3119 West, the caboose of Extra 8044 West, and 23 freight cars were destroyed. Total damage was estimated at $1.2 million.

Probable Cause

Accident Location: Kelso , CA    
Accident Date: 11/17/1980
Accident ID: DCA81AR011

Date Adopted: 8/18/1981
NTSB Number: RAR-81-07
NTIS Number: PB82-109331

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