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Accident Report Detail

 
​Metro-North Railroad Employee Fatality

Executive Summary

​On March 10, 2014, at12:55 a.m. eastern daylight time, a Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) electrician was fatally struck by northbound train No.897 near milepost 3.2 at Control Point 3 (CP3) interlocking in Manhattan, New York. Three employees were attempting to re-energize tracks that had been out of service for maintenance. Two of the workers cleared the approaching train, but the third worker was struck by the train.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the miscommunication of the limits of on-track protection resulting from incomplete and inaccurate roadway worker job briefings. Contributing to the accident was use of a reference point for on-track protection (the AB Split) that was poorly understood by some of the workers on the track.

Accident Location: Manhattan , NY    
Accident Date: 3/10/2014
Accident ID: DCA14FR006

Date Adopted: 10/24/2014
NTSB Number: RAB1413
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