RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT: REAR END COLLISION OF AN ALASKA RAILROAD FREIGHT TRAIN WITH A PASSENGER TRAIN{ NEAR HURRICANE, ALASKA, JULY 5, 1975

About 3:46 p.m. on July 5, 1975, an Alaska Railroad freight train, Extra 1502 South, collided with the rear of passenger train No. 5, which had stopped south of Hurricane, Alaska, to permit the passengers on the train to view Mt. McKinley. All cars of the passenger train and the first four locomotive units of the freight train were derailed. Sixty-two persons were injured and one of the injured subsequently died. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the engineer of Extra 1502 South to operate the braking system on the locomotive properly and the failures of both trancrews to comply with railroad operating rules. As a result of its investigation, the Safety Board made three recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration concerning improvement and compliance with operating rules and a modification of locomotive brake valves.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Office of Surface Transportation Safety
    Washington, DC  USA  20594
  • Publication Date: 1976-2-19

Media Info

  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131656
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Transportation Safety Board
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RAR-76-3
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1977 12:00AM