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Rear-End Collision Between Boston and Main Corporation Commuter Train No. 5324 and Consolidated Rail Corporation Train TV-14

Executive Summary

About 8:36 a.m. on May 7, 1986, Boston and Maine Corporation commuter train No. 5324 struck the rear of Conrail train TV-14 standing on Consolidated Rail Corporation's (Conrail) No. 2 main track, at Brighton, Massachusetts. The locomotive and head cars of train TV-14 had entered Conrail's Beacon Park Yard at Brighton; the last 10 cars of the train were not in the yard, but were extending through an interlocking plant and about 6 of the ears were standing on the No. 2 main track in a 2 8' curve to the right. Of the 550 passengers and 5 crewmembers on the commuter train, 149 passengers and 4 crewmembers were injured. The crewmembers of train TV-14 were not injured. The combined equipment damage was estimated to be $102,210.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the engineer of train No. 5324 to properly interpret and comply, due to inattention or distraction, with the speed restriction mandated by the stop and proceed aspect of a wayside signal located to the rear of train TV-14.


Accident Location: Brighton , MA    
Accident Date: 5/7/1986
Accident ID: DCA86MR002

Date Adopted: 4/28/1987
NTSB Number: RAR-87-02
NTIS Number: PB87-916302

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