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Accident Report Detail

 
​Collision of a Burlington Northern Freight Train with a Bus

Executive Summary

At 9:26 a.m., c.d.t., on August 8, 1976, an eastbound Burlington Northern freight train struck a southbound bus at a grade crossing in Stratton, Nebraska. The bus was en route to a local church where the passengers were to attend Sunday school, Of the 17 persons in the bus, 9 were killed and 8 were injured.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the busdriver to perceive the approaching train and to stop his vehicle short of the tracks. Contributing to the accident was the inadequacy of the grade crossing's obsolete wigwag warning signal as a warning device, the visual obstruction of the signal and partial obstruction of the train by parts of the bus, and the inadequacy of the train's horn as a reliable warning system.


Accident Location: Stratton , NE    
Accident Date: 8/8/1976
Accident ID: 80160

Date Adopted: 8/11/1977
NTSB Number: RHR-77-01
NTIS Number: PB-277042/AS

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