RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT - REAR END COLLISION OF TWO CONRAIL FREIGHT TRAINS, STEMMERS RUN, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, JUNE 12, 1977

About 11:03 p.m., on June 12, 1977, ConRail freight train WA-4 collided with the rear of ConRail freight train WA-6. A fire began in the lead locomotive unit of train WA-4 and in the caboose of train WA-6. Damage was about $300.000. Two crewmembers on each train were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the engineer of train WA-4 to fulfill his responsibility to properly control the speed of the train, as required by the signal indications, to insure that it could be stopped before passing signal 880. Contributing to the severity of the accident was the manner in which the engineer of train WA-4 applied and released the brakes approaching the accident point and the failure of the engineer of train WA-6 to communicate with the tower and train WA-4 when train WA-6 stopped.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20594
  • Publication Date: 1978-1-26

Media Info

  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00175808
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTIS-RAR-78-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM