What caused head-on train collision when one train wasn’t moving?
The public will learn next month what caused an Amtrak train to collide head-on with a stationary CSX train near Cayce, South Carolina, when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announces the results of its investigation into the incident.
The engineer and conductor of the Amtrak train died as a result of the crash, which occurred on Feb. 4, 2018. At least 92 passengers and crew members on the Amtrak train were transported to medical facilities. The collision occurred when a southbound Amtrak train was diverted from the main track through a hand-thrown switch into a siding and collided head-on with stationary CSX train.
CSX employees ran for safety
The engineer of the stopped CSX train had exited the lead locomotive before the Amtrak train entered the siding, ran to safety, and was not injured. The conductor of the CSX lead locomotive saw the Amtrak train approaching in the siding and ran to the back of locomotive. The conductor was thrown off the locomotive and sustained minor injuries.
Meeting is open to public
The board will reveal the probable cause of the incident at its board meeting on July 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. (EDT) in Washington D.C. The meeting, which will take place in the NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 420 10th St., SW, Washington, DC., will be open to the public. It will also be webcast. A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at http://ntsb.windrosemedia.com/
The urgent safety recommendation issued as a result of this ongoing investigation is available at https://goo.gl/z87Dpz