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Accident Report Detail

Amtrak Train 87 Derailment after Colliding with Intermodal Trailer from CSXT Train 176

Executive Summary

At 4:36 a.m. on May 16, 1994, the southbound National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) train 87, Silver Meteor, collided with an intermodal trailer that had either fallen or was falling from a flat car on the passing northbound CSX Transportation Inc freight train R176-15 (CSXT 176) at Selma, North Carolina Amtrak train 87 consisted of a two-unit locomotive and 18 cars; CSXT 176 consisted of a three-unit locomotive and 52 cars. All but the last car of Amtrak train 87 derailed, and the next to the last car on CSXT 176 also derailed. On Amtrak train 87, the assistant engineer was killed, the engineer sustained serious injuries, and 1 on-board service crewmember and 119 passengers received minor injuries. The operating crew on CSXT 176 sustained no injuries.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the derailment of Amtrak train 87 was the failure of the CSX Intermodal Corporation loading crew to properly secure the intermodal trailer to the flat car on CSXT 176 and the failure of the CSX Intermodal Corporation to have in place a comprehensive inspection program.

Accident Location: Selma , NC    
Accident Date: 5/16/1994
Accident ID: DCA94MR004

Date Adopted: 3/21/1995
NTSB Number: RAR-95-02
NTIS Number: PB95-916302

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