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Accident Report Detail

 
Rear End Collision of Conrail Commuter Trains

Executive Summary

On October 16, 1979, about 8:19 a.m., northbound Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) train No. 1718 collided with the rear end of standing Conrail train No. 0714 and caused it to move forward and collide with standing Conrail train No. 716 on track No. 1 of Conrail's West Chester Branch, just north of the Angora station at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Of the 525 persons who were injured, one crewmember of train No. 0714 died 6 days after the accident. Equipment damage was estimated at $1,940,312.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the engineer of train No. 1718 operating at a speed above that authorized by the block signal indication which did not allow for his stopping the train before it collided with a standing train. Contributing to the accident was the engineer's improper operation of the train brakes and the failure of a supervisor and traincrew personnel in the operating compartment of the locomotive to monitor the train's operation adequately and to take action to insure that the train's speed was reduced or that it was stopped when its speed exceeded that authorized for the signal block.


Accident Location: Philadelphia , PA    
Accident Date: 10/16/1979
Accident ID: RAR8005

Date Adopted: 5/12/1980
NTSB Number: RAR-80-05
NTIS Number: PB80-191182

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