Crew Error is to Blame for a Multi-Million Dollar Train Collision

By KBJR News 1

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM CDT


A just–released report from the National Transportation Safety Board blames crew error for a multi–million dollar train collision north of Two Harbors in 2010.

Five people were hospitalized following that crash. The report says the September 2010 accident was caused by the crew of the southbound train, operated by Canadian National Railway Company.

According to the report, that crew departed before the northbound train, operated by the same company, had passed.

Investigators said the crew was fatigued and using cell phones and that contributed to the accident.

The crash left five crew members hurt and caused more than 8 million dollars in damage.

A total of three locomotives and 14 railcars derailed.

In its report, the NTSB also outlined a number of recommendations including asking the Federal railroad administration to require a way to detect cell phone use by crew members in locomotives plus more training and more audits and inspections of crew and train handlers.

This report didn't say anything about punishment in the form of fines or anything else.

However a final report is expected to be submitted the CN in the near future.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware