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Accident Report Detail

Collision and Derailment of Norfolk Southern Train 188 with Norfolk Southern Train G-38

Executive Summary

About 3:13 a.m. eastern daylight time, on August 9, 1990, northbound Norfolk Southern (NS) freight train 188 collided with southbound NS local freight train G-38 at control point DAVIS near Sugar Valley, Georgia. The conductor on train 188 and the conductor and engineer on train G-38 were fatally injured. The trainmen on both trains and the engineer on train 188 received minor injuries. Damage was estimated at $1,268,680.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the engineer of train 188 to stop at the stop signal because he was asleep, distracted, or inattentive. Contributing to the accident were the failure of the conductor to monitor the engineer's performance and the failure of the brakeman and flagman to carry out their responsibilities to notify the engineer to stop the train.

Accident Location: Sugar Valley , GA    
Accident Date: 8/9/1990
Accident ID: DCA90MR008

Date Adopted: 7/9/1991
NTSB Number: RAR-91-02
NTIS Number: PB91-916302

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