NTSB Reports the Cause of Fatal Oklahoma Train Accident

by Staff

Reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicate that an Oklahoma Train Accident that occurred last summer was caused by a locomotive operator’s failure to notice warning signals.

An article from ABC News explains that the crash happened on June 24, 2012 when the operator of one of the trains passed two signals warning the locomotive to slow down. It then passed another signal ordering the train to stop in the moments before it collided head on with another freight train.

The impact of the crash killed three occupants aboard the two trains and left another with injuries. Investigators with the NTSB also determined there were not malfunctions aboard the train or with the signaling system.

In an effort to ensure that a similar accident does not occur, Jeff Young, a spokesman for the Union Pacific Railroad, stated the organization is investing more than $1 billion into creating a new safety system known as positive train control. The aim of the system is also to simplify safety functions that train engineers must use. Union Pacific is planning on installing the system within the next four to five years.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers recognize the importance of having strong policies regarding safety in every work environment. The firm applauds the efforts being made and hopes the changes will be successful in better protecting railroad workers from harm.