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.
National Transportation Safety BoardBureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC USA 20594
- Publication Date: 1978-12-8
- Pagination: 27 p.
- TRT Terms: Alcohols; Casualties; Crash reports; Grade crossing protection systems; Human factors; Railroad grade crossings; Traffic crashes; Visibility
- Identifier Terms: Amtrak; Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
- Old TRIS Terms: Grade crossing accidents; Grade crossing protection
- Subject Areas: Railroads; Safety and Human Factors;
- 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