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Derailment and Subsequent Collision of Amtrak Train 82 with rail cars on Dupont Siding of CSX Transportation Inc.

Executive Summary

On July 31, 1991, National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) train 82, Silver Star, was en route from Tampa, Florida, to New York, New York. The train consisted of 2 diesel-electric locomotives, 3 baggage cars, and 15 passenger cars.

At 5.01 a.m., its last six passenger cars derailed at milepost S329 6 on CSX Transportation Inc track in Lugoff, South Carolina. The accident occurred near the E I DuPont May plant on a single main track that has a parallel auxiliary track, which is known as the DuPont siding. The derailment occurred at the Orion crossover switch that connects the main track and the auxiliary track. The derailed passenger cars collided with the first of nine hopper cars that were stored at the siding.

Six operating crewmembers, 16 on-board service crewmembers, and 407 passengers were on the train Twelve on-board service crewmembers and 53 passengers sustained minor injuries, 12 passengers sustained serious injuries, and 8 passengers sustained fatal injuries.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this derailment was the opening of the switch points under Amtrak train 82 because of a poorly maintained switch as a result of inadequate track inspections, switch maintenance, and management oversight.

Accident Location: Lugoff , SC    
Accident Date: 7/31/1991
Accident ID: DCA91MR007

Date Adopted: 9/13/1993
NTSB Number: RAR-93-02
NTIS Number: PB93-916303

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