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Accident Report Detail

Railroad Switching Services Employee Fatality​

Executive Summary


On April 3, 2015, at 9:23 p.m. central daylight time, a Railroad Switching Services (RSS) crew—a locomotive operator and a ground person—was moving 34 railroad cars onto yard track 4 at the Evergreen Packaging plant in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. After moving the train about three car-lengths without receiving radio commands from the ground person, the operator stopped the train and disembarked. He found the ground person under the ninth car. The ground person died at the scene.

Probable Cause

​​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the switching crew’s failure to establish the required safety protections before the ground person stepped between the railcars. Contributing to the accident was the minimal plant railroad safety oversight exercised by the Federal Railroad Administration.​

Accident Location: Pine Bluff , AR    
Accident Date: 4/3/2015
Accident ID: DCA15FR007

Date Adopted: 3/1/2018
NTSB Number: RAB-18-03
NTIS Number:  

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