RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT - SOUTHERN PACIFIC TRANSPORTATION COMPANY FREIGHT TRAIN 2ND BSM MUNITIONS EXPLOSION, BENSON, ARIZONA, MAY 24, 1973
On May 24, 1973, Southern Pacific Transportation Company's freight train 2nd BSM 22, was approaching Benson, Arizona, when 1 of 12 munitions boxcars in the train's consist caught fire. The boxcars were loaded with 500-lb. MK 82 bombs. As the train stopped, the cargo exploded, and the explosions continued for several hours. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the exposure of heat-sensitive bombs in Car 38 to a fire inside the car. The fire most likely originated from sparks off the brakeshoes which ignited the sodium nitrate impregnated floorboards.
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National Transportation Safety BoardOffice of Surface Transportation Safety
Washington, DC United States 20594
- Publication Date: 1975-2
- Features: Appendices; Figures;
- Pagination: 40 p.
- TRT Terms: Crash investigation; Crash reports; Crashes; Explosions; Fires; Hazardous materials; Hazards; Risk analysis; Sodium inorganic compounds; Weapons
- Uncontrolled Terms: Fire hazards; Munitions
- Old TRIS Terms: Sodium nitrate
- Subject Areas: Railroads; Safety and Human Factors; Security and Emergencies;
- Accession Number: 00095703
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Transportation Safety Board
- ISBN: SS-R-24
- Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RAR-75-2
- Files: NTIS, TRIS
- Created Date: Jul 15 1976 12:00AM