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Accident Report Detail

Side Collision of Two Missouri Pacific Railroad Company Freight Trains at Glasie Junction

Executive Summary

About 4:15 a.m., on October 3, 1982, a Missouri Pacific Railroad Company (MP) southbound freight train Extra UP 2948 South collided with the eighth car ahead of the caboose of an opposing freight train, MP Extra UP 2437 North, at a rail junction known as Glaise Junction on the MP near the community of Possum Grape, Arkansas. The three-unit locomotive and the following nine cars of the southbound train derailed, and the second through eighth cars ahead of the caboose on the northbound train derailed. The engineer and the head brakeman of the southbound train were killed on impact; the conductor of the northbound train was injured and hospitalized. Fire broke out at the overturned lead unit. Damage was estimated to be $1,047,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the crewmembers on the locomotive of Extra UP 2948 South to reduce the speed of the train, in response to a signal displaying an approach aspect, and to stop the train in response to the junction home signal displaying a stop aspect. Contributing to the accident were: (1) the action of the alcohol-impaired engineer in relinquishing control of the train to the head brakeman who was not a qualified engineer, (2) the failure of the conductor to monitor the engineer's performance in operating the train within prescribed speed limits, (3) the failure of Missouri Pacific Railroad Company officials to supervise the involved operating personnel adequately, and (4) the failure of the conductor and the other involved operating department employees to take proper action when rule violations were apparent.

Accident Location: Possum Grape , AR    
Accident Date: 10/3/1982
Accident ID: ATL83FR001

Date Adopted: 6/14/1983
NTSB Number: RAR-83-06
NTIS Number: PB83-916306

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