NTSB Releases Cause Of Last Year’s Fatal Oklahoma Train Accident

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently announced that a locomotive operator’s poor eyesight was to blame for an Oklahoma Train Accident that claimed three lives and injured another individual last year.

According to an article from Insurance Journal, the tragic incident occurred on June 24, 2012, near the town of Goodwell, Oklahoma. The two trains involved in the collision ended up on the same set of tracks and stuck one another head on.

Investigators from the NTSB later determined that one of the conductors suffered from cataracts and glaucoma for much of his life. He also regularly visited eye doctors for treatment of his conditions and had undergone several corrective surgeries for the problem.

Dr. Mary Pat McKay stated the man had complained to her that he could not distinguish between the red and green signals along the tracks.

Despite the man’s health problems, there were no regulations in place that required he be removed from his position as a conductor. Since the crash, the NTSB has introduced 16 safety recommendations that include the use of a Positive Track Control system to direct trains in the correct direction.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers recognize how devastating train accidents can be to the families and victims involved. The firm hopes the recommendations of the NTSB will prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.