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WASHINGTON, DC – On January 12, 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued new safety recommendations regarding the restriction of railroad train speeds in the light of five train accidents which occurred over about a 4-month period in 2011, two of which involved fatalities.

Fatal train crash where two BNSF railroad workers were killed on April 17, 2011 about 5 miles west of Red Oak, IA. Photo credit: Kyle Wilson / Creston News Advertiser


The following video describes one of the five train derailments that were considered in the recent NTSB safety recommendations. It was the fifth train accident between April, 2011 and August, 2011 where train speed was a factor.

The NTSB is an independent agency operating under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for administrative purposes.

Following is a table of the train accidents in 2011 that lead to the new safety recommendations:

Date City State Railroad
April 17, 2011 Red Oak Iowa BNSF
May 21, 2011 Low Moor Virginia CSX
May 24, 2011 Mineral Springs North Carolina CSX
July 6, 2011 DeWitt New York CSX
August 19, 2011 DeKalb Indiana Norfolk Southern

In each of the five accidents, it was determined that railroad crew members failed to operate their trains at the required restricted speed.

Download the NTSB Recommendation Letter (PDF)

FELA Lawyer News Blog is a FELA, train accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States. The Federal Employers ‘Liability Act, (FELA) allows injured railroad workers to recover compensation based on the negligence of the railroad company, in lieu of workers’ compensation. FELA defines negligence as the railroad company’s failure to use reasonable care.

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