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Accident Report Detail

​Collision of a Baltimore & Ohio Freight Train with a Pickup Truck

Executive Summary

At 6:50 p.m., c.s.t., on February 7, 1976, a westbound Baltimore and Ohio freight train struck a pickup truck at an unprotected grade crossing in Beckemeyer, Illinois, when the pickup truck proceeded across the crossing without stopping. Of the 16 persons in the truck, 12 were killed and 3 were injured.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the truckdriver to perceive the approaching train and to stop his vehicle short of the tracks. The lack of active grade crossing signals at the crossing probably contributed to his failure to perceive the train.

Accident Location: Beckemeyer , IL    
Accident Date: 2/7/1976
Accident ID: 79830

Date Adopted: 8/25/1976
NTSB Number: RHR-76-03
NTIS Number: PB-258255/AS

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