Accident Investigations

HQ-2015-1063 (Finalized)

  • 04
  • Jul
  • 2015
ACCIDENT TYPE: Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Incident (HRX)
LOCATION: Hartwood, TX
RAILROAD: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
ABSTRACT: On July 4, 2015, at 10:15 p.m., CST, a westbound Amtrak passenger train, AMT 01-03, in Harwood, Texas, in Gonzales County, collided with a northbound pick-up truck at the highway-rail grade crossing (at Milepost 144.31) on FM 794 (U.S. DOT Crossing Number 742684Y). AMT 01-03, with two locomotives and six cars, was traveling (timetable westbound) at a recorded 74 mph operating on Union Pacific Railroad, San Antonio Division, Glidden Subdivision. The maximum timetable track speed allowed was 79 mph.
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