RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT - DERAILMENT OF LOUISVILLE AND NASHVILLE RAILROAD COMPANY'S TRAIN NO. 584 AND SUBSEQUENT RUPTURE OF TANK CAR CONTAINING LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS, WAVERLY, TENNESSEE, FEBRUARY 22, 1978

About 10:25 p.m., on February 22, 1978, 23 cars of a Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company train derailed at a facing point switch in Waverly, Tennessee. At 2:53 p.m., on February 24, 1978, a derailed tank car containing liquefied petroleum gas ruptured, releasing the product which ignited with an explosive force. As a result, 16 persons died and 43 were injured; property damage was estimated at $1,800,000. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the loss of life and substantial property damage was the release and ignition of liquefied petroleum gas from a tank car rupture. The rupture resulted from stress propagation of a crack which may have developed during movement of the car for transfer of product or from increased pressure within the tank. The original crack was caused by mechanical damage during a derailment, which resulted from a broken high-carbon wheel on the 17th car which had overheated.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1979-2-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00192347
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RAR-79-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM