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Accident Report Detail

Head On Collision of Amtrak Trains Extra 769 East and No. 195

Executive Summary

About 2:35 a.m., on March 29, 1982, Amtrak locomotive Extra 769 East, a rescue locomotive which had been dispatched from the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, collided head-on with standing disabled train No. 195 near Bristol, Pennsylvania. The rescue locomotive was not derailed, but the locomotive and first car of train No. 195 were derailed. Twenty-three passengers and 6 crewmen were treated at local hospitals; 2 passengers and 1 crewman were admitted because of cuts, abrasions, strains and sprains. Damage was estimated at $823,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the inadequate supervision by the trainmaster which allowed the engineer to operate Extra 769 East at a speed in excess of the speed authorized by train order and insufficient brake application by the engineer to stop the locomotive short of the standing train. Contributing to the cause of the accident were the lack of adequate emergency training on flag protection for a disabled train and the crewmembers' insufficient experience with the equipment and their unfamiliarity with the territory in the area of the accident.

Accident Location: Bristol , PA    
Accident Date: 3/29/1982
Accident ID: DCA82AR012

Date Adopted: 8/26/1982
NTSB Number: RAR-82-05
NTIS Number: PB82-916305

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