Accident Investigations

HQ-2016-1132 (Finalized)

  • 18
  • May
  • 2016
ACCIDENT TYPE: Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Incident (HRX)
LOCATION: Flora, MS
RAILROAD: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations, Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, Amtrak
ABSTRACT: On May 18, 2016, at about 6:11 p.m., CST, northbound Amtrak Passenger Train 58-18 collided with an eastbound vehicle at the Kearney Park road public highway-rail grade crossing (DOT Crossing Number 300881S) in Flora, Mississippi, on Canadian National Railway's (CN) Yazoo Subdivision at Milepost 200.6. The vehicle included three occupants; each was fatally injured in the accident. Train 58-18 sustained minor damage to its locomotive. No equipment derailed. There was no track damage. There were no injuries to the train crew members. Three Amtrak passengers reported minor injuries. There were no hazardous materials involved. This was not PTC-preventable. The driver of the subject vehicle failed to stop at the highway-rail grade crossing as required by Mississippi Statute 77-9-249. Probable cause is highway user inattentiveness.

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