NTSB Says Train Didn’t Slow Before Oklahoma Collision

February 27, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board says an eastbound train didn’t slow or stop for signals before colliding with another train in the Oklahoma Panhandle, killing three people.

A hearing is under way Tuesday in Washington on the June 24, 2012, crash in Goodwell.

According to investigators, the eastbound train was supposed to slow to 40 mph as it approached Goodwell. Investigators found that the train was traveling 68 mph as it traveled past the signal.

Investigators say the eastbound train’s emergency brake was applied 8 seconds before the crash.

The accident killed three of the four people aboard the two trains. One person jumped from a train and survived.

Data couldn’t be recovered from the lead locomotives, which almost welded together in a fire that broke out when they crashed.

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