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Accident Report Detail

Head-on Collision of CSX Transportation Freight Trains Extra 4443 North and Extra 4309 South

Executive Summary

On February 6, 1987, two CSX Transportation freight trains collided head-on at East Concord, New York Both trains were operating on dispatcher-issued train orders in nonsignaled territory Two crewmembers were killed, one crewmember was injured seriously, and six crewmembers received minor injuries Damage was estimated at $2,009,950

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of CSX management to issue and enforce procedures for traincrews to verify the accuracy of train orders before departing East Salamanca, which permitted the undetected inadvertent transmittal of train orders to the wrong station.

Accident Location: East Concord , NY    
Accident Date: 2/6/1987
Accident ID: ATL87MR010

Date Adopted: 6/7/1988
NTSB Number: RAR-88-03
NTIS Number: PB88-916304

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