RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT: DERAILMENT OF A BURLINGTION NORTHERN FREIGHT TRAIN AT BELT, MONTANA, NOVEMBER 26, 1976.
About 2:55 p.m. on November 26,1976, 24 cars of Burlington Northern freight train Extra 5743 East derailed at Belt, Montana. Twenty-two persons were injured as a result of the accident and two persons are missing. About 200 people were evacuated because of subsequent fires and explosions. Five houses, a Farmers Union Cooperative Facility, and several other buildings were destroyed or damaged. Nineteen motor vehicles were destroyed and Belt Creek was contaminated. Damage was estimated to be $4,540,000. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of an overloaded rail section which orginated in an undetected transverse fissure.
National Transportation Safety BoardBureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC United States 20594
- Publication Date: 1977-9-29
- Features: Appendices; Figures;
- Pagination: 19 p.
- TRT Terms: Axle loads; Casualties; Crash investigation; Defects; Derailments; Disasters and emergency operations; Explosions; Failure; Fires; Freight trains; Hazardous materials; Inspection; Liquefied petroleum gas; Rail (Railroads); Railroad tracks; Service life; Tank cars
- Identifier Terms: BNSF Railway
- Uncontrolled Terms: Broken rails; Emergency procedures
- Old TRIS Terms: Axle loadings; Rail failure; Track inspection
- Subject Areas: Design; Freight Transportation; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00170075
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Transportation Safety Board
- Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RAR-77-7
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jan 30 1978 12:00AM