RAILROAD/HIGHWAY ACCIDENT REPORT: SEABOARD COAST LINE/AMTRAK PASSENGER TRAIN/PICKUP TRUCK COLLISION, PLANT CITY, FLORIDA, OCTOBER 2, 1977

At 8:25 p.m., e.d.t., on October 2, 1977, westbound Seaboard Coast Line/Amtrak passenger train No. 57 struck a northbound pickup truck at a grade crossing in Plant City, Florida. The collision occurred when the pickup truck proceeded past the railroad crossing flashing signals onto the track and into the path of the train which was traveling at 70 mph. The 10 occupants of the pickup truck were killed; neither the crew of the train nor its 30 passengers were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the pickup truckdriver, who was under the influence of alcohol, to stop short of the railroad tracks in response to the warnings of an approaching train and an activated railroad crossing flashing signal.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1978-12-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00192096
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RHR-78-2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM