CSX Transportation Employee Fatality

Investigation Details

What Happened

​​​On April 13, 2019, a CSX Transportation (CSX) carman was struck and killed by a remote control locomotive (RCL) operating in a remote control zone (RCZ) at the Wauhatchie Rail Yard in Chattanooga, Tennessee, during a switching maneuver at the north end of the yard. ​The accident carman was on foot crossing the lead track in the RCZ at the time of the accident.

What We Found

​​The NTSB determines the probable cause for the CSX Transportation employee fatality in the Wauhatchie Rail Yard was the inability of the carman to maintain situational awareness in the remote control zone due to the intoxicating effects of alcohol.​