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Collision, Derailment, and Hazardous Material Release, Norfolk Southern Trains 227 and 629‚Äč

Executive Summary

About 8 a.m. on September 17, 1991, Norfolk Southern (NS) train 277, en route west from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Chicago, Illinois, struck eastbound train 629 head-on at milepost (MP) 455 1 near Knox, Indiana. The accident occurred on the main track west of the Knox siding. One locomotive and four cars of train 277 and three locomotives and five cars of train 629 derailed. The engineer of train 277 was killed, and the conductor sustained serious injuries. The student engineer of train 277 and all three crewmembers on train 629 sustained minor injuries.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure, due to a lack of vigilance, coordination, and discipline, of the crew of train 277 to comply with the signals at Knox. Contributing to the accident was the inadequate supervision of the student engineer by the engineer and conductor.

Accident Location: Knox , IN    
Accident Date: 9/17/1991
Accident ID: DCA91MR010

Date Adopted: 9/28/1992
NTSB Number: RAR-92-02-SUM
NTIS Number: PB92-916303

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