Accident Investigations

HQ-2015-1102 (Finalized)

  • 29
  • Dec
  • 2015
ACCIDENT TYPE: Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Incident (HRX)
LOCATION: Union Junction, OR
RAILROAD: Union Pacific Railroad Company
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
ABSTRACT: An eastbound Union Pacific Railroad (UP) freight train, ZBRG1-29, collided with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) at a public highway-rail grade crossing on December 29, 2015, at approximately 2:50 p.m. PST. The accident occurred just east of La Grande, Oregon on the Huntington Subdivision, Portland Service Unit, at Milepost 300.96, near Union Junction, Oregon, which is located about 13 miles east of La Grande. The SUV driver, two passengers, and a dog were killed. The SUV sustained about $15,000 in damage. There were no injuries to the train crew. The leading locomotive sustained minor damage of about $1,135. There was no derailment and no release of hazardous materials. This was not an Amtrak route and this was not PTC preventable.
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