RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT - REAR END COLLISION OF CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION FREIGHT TRAINS ALPG-2 AND APJ-2, NEAR ROYERSFORD, PENNSYLVANIA, OCTOBER 1, 1979

About 5:16 a.m., e.d.t., on October 1, 1979, Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) eastbound freight train ALPG-2 struck the rear of standing Conrail eastbound freight train APJ-2 on the No. 2 main track near Royersford, Pennsylvania. The engineer and conductor of ALPG-2 were killed. The locomotive unit of ALPG-2 was derailed and destroyed. The caboose of APJ-2 and a total of 20 cars were derailed. Damage was estimated to be $562,000. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the conductor of train ALPG-2, who was operating the train without authority and under the influence of Marijuana, to comply with a "stop and proceed" signal aspect located 3,600 feet from the collision site and to respond to flagging protection provided by the rear brakeman of train APJ-2 and stop the train.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1980-2-14

Media Info

  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318000
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RAR-80-2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM