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Accident Report Detail

 
Norfolk Southern Railway Employee Fatality

Executive Summary

On February 20, 2016, about 6:10 a.m., Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS) train 298 struck and killed a NS terminal trainmaster in New Orleans, Louisiana. The train was operating on main track 2 at milepost 186 of the Alabama division, NE subdivision. At the time of the accident, the trainmaster was most likely placing a shunt on main track 2 to perform a train-crew efficiency test. The National Weather Service had issued a dense fog advisory for the area from 4:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on the day of the accident. Visibility was reported as 1/4 mile in dense fog.


Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the trainmaster not detecting the presence of an oncoming train and removing himself from main track 2 for unknown reasons.


Accident Location: New Orleans , LA    
Accident Date: 2/20/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FR003

Date Adopted: 12/14/2016
NTSB Number: RAB-16-07
NTIS Number:  

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