RAILROAD/HIGHWAY ACCIDENT REPORT ATCHISON TOPEKA AND SANTA FE PASSENGER TRAIN NO 212 COLLISION WITH STILLWATER MILLING COMPANY MOTOR TRUCK AT 116TH STREET NORTH GRADE CROSSING NEAR COLLINSVILLE, OKLAHOMA, APRIL 5, 1971

THE TRUCK STRUCK THE SECOND DIESEL UNIT. THE FIRST CHAIR CAR AND THE REMAINING CARS OF THE PASSENGER TRAIN WERE DERAILED; ONE RAIL CAR OVERTURNED. RAILROAD EMPLOYEES AND PASSENGERS IN THE TRAIN WERE INJURED. TWO PASSENGERS ON THE TRAIN WERE KILLED, AS WAS THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK, AND 21 PASSENGERS WERE INJURED. THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WAS THE FAILURE OF THE DRIVER TO STOP HIS TRUCK PRIOR TO IMPACT WITH THE PASSENGER TRAIN, WHILE CROSSING WARNING SIGNALS WERE INDICATING THE APPROACH OF THE TRAIN. THE DRIVER MISPERCEIVED THE HAZARD PRESENTED BY THE APPROACHING TRAIN. THE CAUSES OF THE FATILITIES AND THE INJURIES ARE ATTRIBUTED TO SPEED OF THE VEHICLES AT IMPACT, SEPARATION AND EXCURSION OF THE TRAIN FROM THE RIGHT- OF-WAY, OVERTURN OF THE RAIL PASSENGER CAR, AND INADEQUATE CRASHWORTHINESS OF THE RAIL PASSENGER COACH AND THE TRUCK. THE REPORT SUGGESTS IMPROVEMENTS IN GRADE CROSSING CONTROLS, EQUIPMENT DESIGN, AND EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS PROCEDURES. /HSL/

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  • Pagination: 44 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00226666
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Literature
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 5 1973 12:00AM