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Head-on Collision of Southern Pacific Transportation Company Freight Trains

Executive Summary

About 1:15 am on June 15, 1987, Southern Pacific Transportation Company (SP) freight train Extra 7791 West collided head-on with SP freight train Extra 7267 East near Yuma, Arizona. The yardmaster had instructed Extra 7791 West to proceed westward on the westbound main track the subway, stop, wait for an eastbound train to pass, cross over to the westbound main track, and proceed to the yard office. Meanwhile, the yardmaster had planned for Extra 7267 East to depart the yard office and proceed eastward on the eastbound main track to the subway, stop to align the crossover switches, and proceed eastward on the eastbound main track. However, Extra 7267 crossed over to the westbound main track at the subway, and the trains collided head-on. THE engineer of Extra 7267 East was killed.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the engineer of Southern Pacific Transportation Company Extra 7267 East to operate his train at restricted speed, while he was under the influence of alcohol, and the failure of the conductor to assure the safe operation of the train. Contributing to this accident was the failure of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company to properly supervise its operating employees. Contributing to the severity of the accident was the lack of compatability between the sill height of the locomotives.


Accident Location: Yuma , AZ    
Accident Date: 6/15/1987
Accident ID: DCA87MR003

Date Adopted: 5/24/1988
NTSB Number: RAR-88-02
NTIS Number: PB88-916303

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