About 9:30 a.m. on December 28, 1981, Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company (L&N) northbound train No. 586 struck the rear of standing L&N train Extra 8072 North at New Johnsonville, Tennessee. Train No. 586 passed two consecutive wayside automatic block signals displaying an approach aspect (yellow) and a restricted proceed aspect (red), respectively, before it struck the rear of Extra 8072 North. The caboose and six cars of Extra 8072 North and five locomotive units and one car of No. 586 were derailed. The conductor of Extra 8072 North was killed, and the engineer and head brakeman of No. 586 were slightly injured. Damage was estimated at $998,313.