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Accident Report Detail

 
Derailment of a Burlington Northern Freight Train

Executive Summary

About 2:55 p.m. on November 26, 1976, 24 cars of Burlington Northern freight train Extra 5743 East derailed at Belt, Montana. Twenty-two persons were injured as a result of the accident and two persons are missing. About 200 people were evacuated because of subsequent fires and explosions. Five houses, a Farmers Union Cooperative facility, and several other buildings were destroyed or damaged. Nineteen motor vehicles were destroyed and Belt Creek was contaminated. Damage was estimated to be $4,540,000.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of an overloaded rail section which originated in an undetected transverse fissure.


Accident Location: Belt , MT    
Accident Date: 11/26/1976
Accident ID: 79761

Date Adopted: 9/29/1977
NTSB Number: RAR-77-07
NTIS Number: PB-273915/AS

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