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​Collision of Amtrak Passenger Train No. 708 on Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway with Tab Warehouse and Distribution Co. Tractor-Semi Trailer

Executive Summary

About 9:38 a.m., Pacific standard time, on December 19, 1989, National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) passenger train 708, consisting of one locomotive unit and five passenger cars, struck a TAB Warehouse & Distribution Company tractor semitrailer in a dense fog at a highway grade crossing near Stockton, California. The collision derailed the locomotive and all five passenger cars. A fire followed the train impact with the truck.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the truckdriver to operate his vehicle at a speed consistent with the dense fog and to stop at the lowered grade crossing gate.

Accident Location: Stockton , CA    
Accident Date: 12/19/1989
Accident ID: DCA90MR002

Date Adopted: 10/23/1990
NTSB Number: RHR-90-01
NTIS Number: PB90-917007

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