National Transportation Safety Board Railroad Accident Report: Derailment of a CSX Transportation Coal Train V986-26 at Bloomington, Maryland, January 30, 2000

About 7:00 a.m. on January 30, 2000 eastbound loaded CSX Transportation coal train V986-26 lost effective braking while descending a section of track known as '17-mile grade' from Altamont to Bloomington, Maryland, and derailed 76 of its 80 'bathtub' high-side gondola cars when the train failed to negotiated curves at excessive speed. The derailed cars destroyed a nearby occupied residence, killing a 15-year-old boy and seriously injuring his mother. Three other occupants of the residence escaped with little or no injury. Track and equipment damages were estimated to be in excess of $3.2 million. There was no resulting fire or hazardous materials release.


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  • Accession Number: 01104256
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RAR-02-02
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2008 7:07PM