About 8:10 a.m., on September 6, 1980, while operating on the westbound main track, near Welch, West Virginia, eastbound Norfolk and Western Railway Company (N&W) freight train No. 86 collided with the sixth car of N&W Extra 1589 West. The accident occurred while Extra 1589 West was moving from the westbound main track onto an auxiliary center passing track at the east switch of the Farm Interlocking. The engineer, fireman, and front brakeman of train No. 86 were killed. Damage was estimated at $1,446,553.