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Collision between two Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) trains


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  • Accident No: DCA11FR002
  • Accident Type: Office of Railroad
  • Location: Red Oak, IA
  • Date: 4/17/2011

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of investigators to investigate a rear end collision between two Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) trains. The collision occurred yesterday morning, April 17 at 7am (CDT) in Red Oak, Iowa.

Early information indicates that a BNSF freight train collided with a standing BNSF maintenance train. Two BNSF employees were fatally injured. Two locomotives and multiple cars derailed as a result of the accident.

Michael Flanigon is serving as the Investigator-in-Charge for the 7-member team from the NTSB. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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