On July 16, 2013, at about 1:20 a.m., central daylight time, westbound Union Pacific Railroad (UP) freight train MSIDV16 unexpectedly encountered a hand-operated main track switch at MP 288 in the reverse position diverting the train from the main track onto two adjacent tracks at the Sharon Springs subdivision in Hays, Kansas. The switch was not equipped with technology to warn oncoming trains that it was in the reverse position. At the time of the accident, the train was traveling in no signaled track warrant territory at a timetable speed of 49mph. The lead locomotive collided with standing cars on the spur track. Diesel fuel leaked from the ruptured locomotive fuel tanks, ignited, and burned. The three crew members were injured. Damage was estimated by the UP to be $1.4 million.