RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT - COLLISION OF MISSOURI-KANSAS-TEXAS RAILROAD COMPANY TRAIN NO. 103 WITH STANDING FREIGHT CARS NEAR TEMPLE, TEXAS, MARCH 17, 1983
About 4:10 pm on March 17, 1983, after receiving a clear signal indicating a clear main track route, Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Company train No. 103 entered a misaligned track switch leading from the main track to an interchange track and collided with standing freight cars on the interchange track. A signal maintainer was working on the switch circuit controller and he had disconnected the shunt wires while working at that location. The engineer of train No. 103 received serious injuries and the fireman and brakeman received minor injuries. Damage was estimated to be about $2,443,295. The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause of this accident was the display of a false proceed aspect at t he entrance to a signal block in which a track switch had been left misaligned by a signal maintainer who was working at that location. Contributing to the accident were the use of a track shunt circuit protection system not designed on the closed-circuit principle and a lack of procedural instruction to and supervision of the relatively inexperienced signal maintainer.
National Transportation Safety BoardBureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC United States 20594
- Publication Date: 1983-8-23
- Features: Appendices; Figures;
- Pagination: 28 p.
- TRT Terms: Crash causes; Crashes; Electric circuits; Fail safe systems; Railroad signals; Railroads; Signalization; Standards
- Uncontrolled Terms: Switches
- Old TRIS Terms: Fail safe
- Subject Areas: Highways; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00619474
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/RAR-83/08
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 29 1992 12:00AM