Accident Investigations

HQ-2017-1184 (Finalized)

  • 03
  • Feb
  • 2017
RAILROAD: Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP)
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations, Tracks & Structures
KEYWORDS: Accident Investigations, Union Pacific
ABSTRACT: On February 3, 2017, at approximately 8:55 p.m., CST, southbound Union Pacific Railroad (UP) Coal Train CWTCL9-01, with 2 lead locomotives, 2 distributed power locomotives at the rear of the train, 133 loaded rail cars, and 0 empty rail cars, derailed 18 rail cars at Milepost 1.1 on UP’s Giddings Subdivision, in Hearne, Texas. The derailment of rail cars on the coal train caused the derailment of four rail cars on a southbound manifest train, MFWHO-03, on the main track of UP’s Bryan Subdivision. The manifest train was traveling at a recorded speed of 1 mph and consisted of 2 lead locomotives, 20 loaded railcars, and 31 empty rail cars. There were railcars containing hazardous materials in the manifest train, but they were not affected by the derailment.