Accident Investigations

HQ-2014-1014 (Finalized)

  • 13
  • Nov
  • 2014
ACCIDENT TYPE: Side Collision (SDC)
LOCATION: Bonner, MT
RAILROAD: Montana Rail Link (MRL)
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations
ABSTRACT: On November 13, 2014, at approximately 10:20 PM (MST), westbound Montana Rail Link (MRL) Train G-STEINB9-08A failed to stop at a stop signal indication at the West Bonner, Montana Control Point (CP) resulting in an impact of their train with the side of eastbound MRL Train X-PWAWMI9-11A which was traveling eastward into the siding at Bonner. The westbound derailed 3 (three) of its 4 (four) head end locomotives causing significant damage to the leading unit and also damaging the second unit. The resulting collision caused a derailment of 11 (eleven) empty grain cars (consist positions 44 through 54) of the eastbound train.
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