Accident Investigations

HQ-2013-22 (Finalized)

  • 19
  • Aug
  • 2013
ACCIDENT TYPE: Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Incident (HRX)
LOCATION: Fowler, CA
RAILROAD: Union Pacific Railroad Company
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
ABSTRACT: At approximately 1:51 a.m. PDT on August 19, 2013, a Union Pacific Railroad (UP) freight, grain shuttle train, GSGHCW-18, traveling northbound at a recorded speed of 46 mph on main line track, struck a motor vehicle at a private highway-rail grade crossing at E. Jefferson Avenue, DOT/AAR Inventory Number 756877N, in the town of Fowler, California. Fowler is located approximately 10 miles south of Fresno. As a result of the collision, four occupants of the motor vehicle were killed; three were killed instantly, and one passed away either on the way to or at the hospital. Another passenger was injured but survived. The UP train crew was not injured; there was no derailment and no hazardous materials were involved.
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