3/15/67 - FIRE CREEK, WV

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shlustig
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3/15/67 - FIRE CREEK, WV

Post by shlustig » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:19 am

Located on the Hinton division between Hinton and Handley; double-tracked, TCS, laid in a side-hill cut on the north bank of the New River.

Train #1 (3-E8's and 16 cars) Dp. Hinton at 12:08AM; received train orders to be alert at 5 known landslide areas because of persistent heavy rain. While moving at about 45 mph, train hit a landslide at a location not included in the train orders. The units and head 8 cars (2 head-end, 3 sleepers, 2 coaches, diner) derailed; no fatalities, 22 injuries.

Landscape rose over 200' above the tracks and had a strip mine on top. Location did not have slide-detector fences or bluff protection. In view of that, would PTC have prevented this accident?

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Re: 3/15/67 - FIRE CREEK, WV

Post by ExCon90 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:28 pm

As far as I can see, without slide protection, no. With slide protection, PTC would not have been needed and would only have been helpful if the engineer was inattentive.

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