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Accident Report Detail

CSX Transportation Employee Struck by Remote Control Locomotive

Executive Summary

On April 1, 2015, about 2:51 a.m., CSX Transportation (CSX) train Y391-31, operating with a remote control locomotive (RCL), struck and killed a CSX employee (carman) who walked in front of it as it moved through the south end of yard switch N02, in remote control zone (RCZ) 91, of the Acca Yard in Richmond, Virginia. The point of impact was estimated to be in the gage of the rails at the N02 switch points. About the time of the accident, the sky was clear with 10 miles visibility, temperature was 48°F, and wind was from the north at 22 miles per hour (mph) gusting up to 29 mph.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the CSX Transportation lead carman’s failure to use safe practices for walking in the train yard when he moved into the path of train Y391-31 for unknown reasons. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the two carmen to conduct a thorough job briefing before starting a new assignment.

Accident Location: Richmond , VA    
Accident Date: 4/1/2015
Accident ID: DCA15FR006

Date Adopted: 6/20/2017
NTSB Number: RAB-17-06
NTIS Number:  

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