About 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 1981, Norfolk & Western Railway Company freight train No. 6BS78 after receiving a proceed signal indicating a clear main track route, entered a misaligned crossover leading from the eastbound main track onto yard track No. 1 at Crewe, Virginia, sideswiped coal-laden hopper cars being handled by the yard shifter, and then caromed into freight cars of freight train No. 67HNP, which was on the adjacent westbound main track. Two locomotive units and seven cars of train No. 6BS78, nine cars of train No. 67HNP, seven cars on yard track No. 1, and four cars standing on yard track No. 3 were derailed or damaged. The conductor of train No. 67HNP and the front brakeman of train No. 6BS78 received minor injuries as a result of the accident. Damage was estimated to be about $690,305.