RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT, SIDE COLLISION OF SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY TRAINS NOS. 1 AND 152, SPENCER, NORTH CAROLINA, OCTOBER 8, 1977

About 2:53 a.m. on October 8, 1977, Southern Railway Company train No. 1, The Crescent, entered a crossover from the main track into the Spencer Yard at Spencer, North Carolina, and sideswiped freight cars which were being assembled as train No. 152 on an adjacent yard track. Four locomotive units and five cars of The Crescent and seven cars of train No. 152 were derailed. Twenty-six persons received minor injuries, and damage was estimated to be $250,000. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the switch circuit controller to cause a red aspect to be displayed at the entrance to the signal block.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1978-5-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181809
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RAR-78-3
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1978 12:00AM