About 1:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 14, 1984, Burlington Northern Railroad Company freight trains Extra 6760 West and Extra 7907 East collided head-on on the single track main line near Motley, Minnesota. The trains were being operated on dispatcher-issued train orders, in nonsignallized territory. The westbound train had been traveling about 35 to 40 mph and the eastbound train about 45 to 49 mph just before the emergency applications of the automatic air brakes of both trains. The accident resulted in three fatalities, one serious injury, and three minor injuries; damages were estimated a $3,931,146. The dispatcher controlling the movement of the trains had been promoted to dispatcher recently before the accident and was working in his second tour of duty in that position. The dispatcher had been promoted from a stenographic/clerical position after having been nominated to and completing a company training program; he had no prior operating experience.