Railroad Accident Brief: Railroad Switching Services Employee Fatality, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, April 3, 2015

On April 3, 2015, at 9:23 p.m. central daylight time, a Railroad Switching Services (RSS) crew—a locomotive operator and a ground person—was moving 34 railroad cars onto yard track 4 at the Evergreen Packaging plant in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. After moving the train about three car-lengths without receiving radio commands from the ground person, the operator stopped the train and disembarked. He found the ground person under the ninth car. The ground person died at the scene. ​​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the switching crew’s failure to establish the required safety protections before the ground person stepped between the railcars. Contributing to the accident was the minimal plant railroad safety oversight exercised by the Federal Railroad Administration.​


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 13p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01668945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/RAB-18/03, Accident ID: DCA15FR007
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2018 2:42PM