RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT--DERAILMENT OF ATLANTA & SAINT ANDREWS BAY RAILWAY COMPANY FREIGHT TRAIN, YOUNGSTOWN, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 26, 1978

About 1:55 a.m., c.s.t., on February 26, 1978, an Atlanta & Saint Andrews Bay Railway freight train derailed at milepost 22.3 near Youngstown, Florida. As a result, chlorine gas, released from a tank car, killed 8 persons and injured 138. Property damage was estimated at $1,089,000. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the derailment was the intentional displacement of a rail end into the guideway reserved for the wheel flange. The rail end was restrained in this abnormal position until the train derailed. A tank car of liquid chlorine was punctured in the derailment when struck by the corner of another car, and its contents were released. All of the injuries and deaths were the results of chlorine inhalation.

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  • Publication Date: 1978-11-9

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188700
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Transportation Safety Board
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RAR-78-7
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM