Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

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Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby litz » Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:12 pm

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/texa ... s-40187697

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/two ... -1-n600426

https://www.rt.com/usa/348696-freight-t ... panhandle/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tvkQFtcsLo

That is one mangled pile of wreckage.

Details are sketchy, but it appears one of the four crew has been sent to hospital, the other three are still unaccounted for.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby John_Perkowski » Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:15 pm

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1) Please don't speculate on the how. The NTSB will report that out in due course.

2) Please do send your thoughts and prayers to the 1 injured crewmember as well as the three not accounted for and their families.

Thank you.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby litz » Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:25 pm

Reports are, the one crewmember in hospital jumped before the collision ... the other three are still in there (apparently) ... just horrible.

There are some FB posts of people who work in that area speculating the collision speed could have been at track speed (70mph) on each side, which is just a mind-blowing amount of force involved. That's 140mph combined.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby Bart78 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:29 pm

So sad for all concerned...prayers all around. The BNSF head-on incident in OK a few years back comes to mind with that same fact of one crewmember jumping clear.

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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby Denver Dude » Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:34 pm

Very sad story. It seems hard to believe that something like this could happen with a major railroad in 2016.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:04 pm

The "Voice of Vladimir" linked coverage by Mr. Litz includes an "as it happened" video.

I must respect Col. Perkowski's request of no speculation, but whatever the outcome, the outcry for PTC will be heard in legislative halls about the land.

Funny how the industry "supposedly" got along fine without PTC - until Chatsworth. I'm even starting to "join the camp" myself.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby Backshophoss » Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:35 pm

This happened near Panhandle Tx,about 24 miles east of Amarillo.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby BR&P » Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:58 pm

Aerial shots show the line is tangent for quite a ways. No doubt they saw each other, but since it's double track assumed the other train was on the other track. Best wishes for the recovery of the survivor and RIP to the deceased Image.

EDIT: Watching news video from Amarillo Channel 10, it appears to show a train on each track, despite the media's repeated use of the term "head on". Here's a link which - at this time anyway - has a live feed, and when the feed isn't live you can look at various places and see previous reports: http://www.newschannel10.com/story/3232 ... ndle-texas For instance, at 11:39:00 a news segment from earlier in the day comes on.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby JayBee » Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:55 pm

Collision happened on North Main (Main 1). Trains involved are Q CHISBD6 27L and S LACLPC1 26K. The uninvolved locomotives seen in the video are from a grade crossing incident a few weeks earlier, and are parked on an industry track south of the South Main.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby MichaelB86 » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:03 pm

Gilbert B Norman wrote:The "Voice of Vladimir" linked coverage by Mr. Litz includes an "as it happened" video.

I must respect Col. Perkowski's request of no speculation, but whatever the outcome, the outcry for PTC will be heard in legislative halls about the land.

Funny how the industry "supposedly" got along fine without PTC - until Chatsworth. I'm even starting to "join the camp" myself.

So far PTC is minimally expansive and full of bugs. Half the time you get put into a penalty application for approaching a clear signal! A long way to go still, though I do like the system. However it is not perfect. All it really does is stop your train whenever it thinks you're in the wrong place.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby scoostraw » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:58 pm

Some video taken by witnesses as the collision occurred:

http://www.statter911.com/2016/06/28/fi ... dle-texas/
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby Bart78 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:31 pm

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/29/th ... crash.html

Extensive article that includes info on PTC deployment on BNSF.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby John_Perkowski » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:24 am

WRT double track:

We are certainly in the era of over-height equipment and loads, as well as over-width loads (I don't know of any over-width revenue equipment).

Has the on-center minimum spacing between tracks changed since the late steam era (1930)???
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby SemperFidelis » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:36 am

Sadly, CNN has reported that 2 bodies have been found amidst the wreckage. 1 crewmember remains missing.

I pray these folks felt no pain and that thier families somehow one day get past this.
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Re: Head-on collision in Amarillo, TX

Postby drvmusic » Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:36 pm

This is heartbreaking. Praying for all involved :-(

I'm sure there will be speculation and finger-pointing, but I hope the families are spared from that and that the surviving crew member heals in body and mind.
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