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​Collision of an Amtrak/Atchison, Topeka and SantaFe Railway Train and a Tractor- Cargo Tank Semitrailer

Executive Summary

About 8:58 a.m., c.s.t., on December 15, 1976, Amtrak passenger train No. 15, operating on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, collided with an oil-laden tractor-semitrailer (tank) at the Kay-Noble County Line Road grade crossing near Marland, Oklahoma. The truckdriver and 2 train crewmembers were killed; 11 other persons on the train were injured. The truck and its lading were destroyed. Two locomotive units and two cars of the train were damaged. Total accident damage was estimated to be $880,700.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the lack of adequate warning of the approach of a high-speed train to enable the truckdriver to ascertain when it was safe to enter the crossing. Contributing to the accident was the crossing's unsuitability for joint use by high-speed trains and heavily loaded trucks.

Accident Location: Marland , OK    
Accident Date: 12/15/1976
Accident ID: 79883

Date Adopted: 12/15/1977
NTSB Number: RHR-77-03
NTIS Number: PB-277960/AS

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