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Accident Report Detail

 
Light-Rail Vehicle Rear-End Collision, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Executive Summary

About 7:10 a.m., on Monday, March 11, 1996, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Light-Rail-Vehicle (LRV) 9037 struck 2 standing LRVs (9081 & 9018) in the tunnel between 36th Street Station and 37th Street Station, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. LRV 9037 had a crew of one operator and the two standing trains each had one operator. Eighty-nine of the 126 passengers were transported to local hospitals. After being checked for injuries all but 1 of the passengers were released. The three operators were uninjured in the collision. Weather conditions were cloudy, daylight and 47° F. Damages were estimated to be about $82,800.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was failure of the operator of LRV 9037 to comply with the 10-mph speed restriction and his failure to stop at the stop signal located 297 feet from the point of the collision because he was inattentive.


Accident Location: Philadelphia , PA    
Accident Date: 3/11/1996
Accident ID: ATL96FR012

Date Adopted: 8/18/1998
NTSB Number: RAB-98-09
NTIS Number:  

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