April 18, 2011 | Mark Paradies

NTSB Press Release: NTSB LAUNCHES TEAM TO INVESTIGATE RAILROAD ACCIDENT IN IOWA

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NTSB ADVISORY
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National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594

April 18, 2011

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NTSB LAUNCHES TEAM TO INVESTIGATE RAILROAD ACCIDENT IN IOWA

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The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of investigators to investigate a rear end collision between two Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) trains. The collision occurred yesterday morning, April 17 at 7am (CDT) in McPherson, Iowa.

Early information indicates that a BNSF freight train collided with a standing BNSF maintenance train.  Two BNSF employees were fatally injured. Two locomotives and multiple
cars derailed as a result of the accident.

Michael Flannigan is serving as the Investigator-in-Charge for the 7-member team from the NTSB.  Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Media contact: Keith Holloway, (202) 314-6100 hollowk@ntsb.gov 

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