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NTSB issues report on fatal train crash near Kingman in 2018

May 20, 2021 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the failure of a BNSF Railway crew to adhere to restricted speed requirements caused a fatal train crash near Kingman almost three years ago.

Authorities said one BNSF employee was killed and another seriously injured in the June 2018 collision.

The NTSB said in its report released Thursday that the collision occurred when a BNSF intermodal train, operating in centralized traffic control territory, collided with the rear of a slow-moving BNSF work train.

The work train was moving in reverse to drop off an employee before traveling west to exit the main track.

NTSB investigators said the crew members of the intermodal train operated at a speed that didn’t allow their train to stop within half the range of vision as required.

The NTSB concluded the current training and oversight by railroad supervisors are ineffective in ensuring the operating crew’s use of restricted speed.

In addition, the NTSB issued two safety recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration based on the findings of its investigation