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Accident Report Detail

Collision between Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Eastbound Train 7 and Westbound Train 12

Executive Summary

At 9.34 a.m. on January 18, 1993, Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) eastbound commuter train 7, traveling from Chicago, Illinois, to South Bend, Indiana, and NICTD westbound commuter train 12, traveling from South Bend to Chicago, collided at milepost (MP) 61 1 in Gary, Indiana Train 7 and train 12 consisted of two and three passenger cars, respectively Train 7 passed a stop signal at MP 61.2, and its lead car blocked westbound traffic where the tracks intersect. After train 12 crossed the Gary Gauntlet Bridge, it then struck train 7. As a result of the collision, 7 passengers died and 95 people sustained injuries. The estimated damage for both trains was $854,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between the two NICTD trains was the inattentiveness of the engineer on train 7, resulting in his train passing a stop signal and partially blocking the westbound track. Contributing to the severity of the accident was the failure of the engineer on train 12 to take timely action to slow or stop his train before the collision. Contributing to the severity of the injuries was the breach of the passenger compartment in the lead cars of both trains.

Accident Location: Gary , IN    
Accident Date: 1/18/1993
Accident ID: DCA93MR002

Date Adopted: 12/7/1993
NTSB Number: RAR-93-03
NTIS Number: PB93-916304

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