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Accident Report Detail

Rear-End Collision of Amtrak Massachusettes Bay Transportation Authority Commuter Trains

Executive Summary

On November 12, 1987, National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)/Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter train 8110 was standing partially berthed at the Back Bay Station platform in Boston, Massachusetts, when it was struck from the rear by Amtrak/MBTA commuter train 8114.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the display of an improper wayside signal aspect resulting from a signal system that was improperly designed, the failure of the engineer of Amtrak/Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority train 8114 to operate in compliance with a restricting cab signal indication, and Amtrak supervisors' failure to properly supervise operating employees and to followup on reported signal failures.

Accident Location: Boston , MA    
Accident Date: 11/12/1987
Accident ID: DCA88MR002

Date Adopted: 11/10/1988
NTSB Number: RAR-88-05
NTIS Number: PB88-916306

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