NTSB adopts preliminary report about train accident

PHOTO COURTESY NTSB WEBSITE/CSX Two CSX freight trains collided near Carey in August.

The investigation into a train collision near Carey in August continues.

National Transportation Safety Board has adopted its preliminary report about the collision between CSX freight trains, and it states the investigation is to focus on train crew distractions, resource management and operating rules.

About 5 a.m. Aug. 12, a CSX freight train traveling west collided with a CSX freight train traveling east.

The lead locomotive and four cars, which were carrying trash, on the westbound train derailed onto their sides, and 21 cars, which were loaded with frac sand, on the eastbound train derailed.

“Initial accident damage was estimated at $4.9 million,” the report states.

The preliminary report states the train engineers had minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to a hospital. The engineers and two train conductors underwent post-accident drug and alcohol testing.

A Carey Police Department spokesman had said Carey Volunteer Fire Department, Carey and Upper Sandusky EMS crews and Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office responded.