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Head On Collision of B & O Freight Trains Extra 6474 and Extra 4367 West

Executive Summary

About 5:55 a.m., on February 12, 1980, two freight trains operated by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company collided head-on at Orleans Road, West Virginia. Extra 6474 East was on track No. 2 traveling at 38 miles per hour as it passed the stop-and-stay signal at Orleans Road and entered a compound curve to the right, where Extra 4367 West was approaching at a speed of 32 mph. The fireman of Extra 4367 West was killed and the engineer and head brakeman were injured; the engineer, conductor, and brakeman of Extra 6474 East were injured. Property damage was estimated to be $1,688,200.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the conductor of Extra 6474 East to see that the train was operated in accordance with the operating rules and the failure of the engineer and head breakman to control the train as required by the signal at Orleans Road. Contributing to the accident was the absence of an adequate safety control device on the locomotive.


Accident Location: Orleans Road , WV    
Accident Date: 2/12/1980
Accident ID: 79794

Date Adopted: 9/2/1980
NTSB Number: RAR-80-09
NTIS Number: PB81-105702

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