Accident Investigations

HQ-2015-1008 (Finalized)

  • 11
  • Feb
  • 2015
ACCIDENT TYPE: Derailment (DRM)
LOCATION: McGrew, NE
RAILROAD: Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP)
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations
ABSTRACT: On February 11, 2015, at 11:40 a.m., MST, 33 cars of an eastbound Union Pacific Railroad (UP) loaded coal train operating on Main Track Number 2 derailed. Train CATNW10, with 136 cars and 2 locomotives on the front and one distributed power unit (DP) on the rear, was operating in cab signal territory near the maximum authorized speed of 50 mph as verified by the event recorder. The derailment occurred on the South Morrill subdivision at Milepost 128.3, approximately 3 miles from the town of McGrew, Nebraska. Main Track Number 1 was also damaged and a private highway-rail grade crossing was damaged and temporarily closed.
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