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​Consolidated Rail Corporation Train Collision with Island Transportation Corporation Truck, Roosevelt Avenue Grade Crossing near Lafayette Street

Executive Summary

At 6:20 a.m. on December 6, 1988, a tractor-semitrailer combination operated by Island Transportation Corporation (Island) and loaded with 8,800 gallons of gasoline collided with a Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) train at the Roosevelt Avenue grade crossing near Lafayette Street in Carteret, New Jersey. The truck overturned and caught fire.

The truckdriver died - no other persons were injured. The tractor-semitrailer, a pickup truck, and two houses southwest of the crossing were destroyed in the fire. At least three other unoccupied vehicles, other buildings, one locomotive, and several vehicles parked nearby were damaged.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the conductor's failure to flag the crossing and the truckdriver's failure to stop his vehicle between 15 and 50 feet of the grade crossing as required. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the engineer to set the headlight of the locomotive facing the crossing on bright.

Accident Location: Carteret , NJ    
Accident Date: 12/6/1988
Accident ID: DCA89MH004

Date Adopted: 10/24/1989
NTSB Number: RHR-89-01
NTIS Number: PB-89-917004

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