Accident Investigations

HQ-2014-1049 (Finalized)

  • 30
  • Oct
  • 2014
ACCIDENT TYPE: Derailment (DRM)
LOCATION: Vandalia, IL
RAILROAD: CSX Transportation
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations
ABSTRACT: On October 30, 2014, at 6:49 p.m., an eastbound CSX Transportation (CSX) freight train traveling on single main track, in train control system territory collided with an automobile at a highway-rail grade crossing. The accident occurred in Vandalia, Illinois, at Milepost (MP) Q172.3, on CSX’s St. Louis Line Subdivision. The motor vehicle driver and three passengers were killed. One passenger survived and the automobile was completely destroyed. The U.S. DOT Crossing Number is 546495N and was equipped with gates and standard flashing lights. There were no injuries to the train crew. The leading locomotive sustained minor damage of about $100, and there was no derailment.
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