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.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20594
  • Publication Date: 1977-9-29

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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