Accident Investigations

HQ-2015-1080 (Finalized)

  • 25
  • Jul
  • 2015
ACCIDENT TYPE: Obstruction Collision (OBS)
LOCATION: Chicago, IL
RAILROAD: Northeast IL Regional Commuter Rail Corp.(METRA) (NIRC)
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations
ABSTRACT: On July 25, 2015, at 8:53 p.m., CDT, a northbound Metra electric train stopped in the crossover at 51st Street, Milepost 6.20 on the Metra Electric District. The Engineer brought the train to a stop due to seeing a bright flash in his mirror. The flash was caused by a fallen catenary wire arcing against the roof of the passenger coaches. The roofs of all four passenger coaches were damaged and a small fire ignited on the roof of the fourth coach. The catenary wire had fallen due to a Metra South Chicago train knocking the wire out of the brackets.
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