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Accident Report Detail

 
Head On Collision of Two Penn Central Transportation Company Freight Trains

Executive Summary

About 11:52 p.m. on February 4, 1976, Penn Central freight train NY-12 collided head-on with freight train BM-7 near Pettisville, Ohio. The 3 locomotive units and 21 cars of train NY-12, and the 4 locomotive units and 4 cars of train BM-7 were derailed. One locomotive unit of each train was destroyed and the derailed cars were heavily damaged. The two crewmembers in the lead locomotive of both trains were killed and one crewmember on each train was injured as a result of the collision. The estimated cost of damages was $1,165,000.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the engineer to stop train NY-12 west of signal 3272E as required by signal indication, and the inability of the crew in the caboose of train NY-12 to take preventive action.


Accident Location: Pettisville , OH    
Accident Date: 2/4/1976
Accident ID: 79795

Date Adopted: 9/10/1976
NTSB Number: RAR-76-10
NTIS Number: PB-258721/AS

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