Historic Railway Disasters
24 Mar 99
USA: Questions remain unanswered in Amtrak crash
Unanswered questions have continued to tax investigators probing the events surrounding the wreck of the
Eleven people died in the accident which occurred near Bourbonnais, Illinois at about 21.47. The Amtrak train was close to 2 hours into its overnight run to New Orleans when it struck a flatbed semi-trailer truck carrying heavy steel rods. The truck had just left the nearby Birmingham Steel Corporation's mill when it entered the crossing on McKnight road into the path of the oncoming train.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), in trying to establish what happened must address an number of questions in the face of conflicting evidence. Central to their inquiries is at what point the truck moved onto the crossing - before, during or after the warning bells and lights had started.
The crash at Bourbonnais is believed to be the first train/truck accident in which rail passengers have been killed. The crossing is on tracks owned by the Illinois Central Railroad and is used by 40 trains and around 1800 road vehicles each day. It has been the site of three other fatalities, in 1964, 1968 and 1988.
VIA Rail passenger train collides with freight cars
30 Jan 2000
No room for complacency on crossings despite fewer accidents
30 Jan 2000
Where does corporate responsibility go now?
29 Jan 2000
71 hurt as trains collide
29 Jan 2000
Metrolink train derailed by oversized load
28 Jan 2000
Prohibition notice upheld by tribunal after Ladbroke Grove railway accident
27 Jan 2000
Passenger and freight trains collide in north west Russia
26 Jan 2000
Montana Rail Link and I&M Rail Link Launch New Highway-Rail Safety Program
21 Jan 2000
Train evidence is tested again
Chicago Tribune 23/03/99
Evidence at odds with eyewitness account
Chicago Tribune 18/03/99
Vehicles on Tracks a Train Problem
National Transportation Safety Board
Tragedy on train 59
Wreck of the 'City of New Orleans'
Danger ahead! Feature
Images from Boubonnais
Explosives train derails
Collision on the Brunswick Line
Silver Spring, Maryland
Contents Index of Accidents Recent Reports Newsletter Links Site Map E-mail
created on: March 24, 1999
Copyright © David Fry 1999