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Accident Report Detail

Derailment of Amtrak Train 49 On Conrail Trackage

Executive Summary

About 3:44 a.m. on August 3, 1994, Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) train 49, the Lake Shore Limited, en route from New York, New York, to Chicago, Illinois, was traveling westbound about 79 mph on Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation) trackage when it derailed at milepost 406.7 near Batavia, New York. No fatal injuries were sustained; 108 passengers and 10 crewmembers were injured.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the derailment was the fact that Federal and industry guidelines do not currently address flattened rail head conditions, due to an insufficient understanding of the risk that flattened rail poses to train operation.

Accident Location: Batavia , NY    
Accident Date: 8/3/1994
Accident ID: DCA94MR007

Date Adopted: 7/11/1996
NTSB Number: RAR-96-02
NTIS Number: PB96-916302