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BNSF's Panhandle wreck.

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Posted by wanswheel on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:53 PM

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Posted by wanswheel on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 2:02 PM

BNSF news release

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 29, 2016 – Following yesterday’s collision between two trains near Panhandle, Texas, BNSF Railway is deeply saddened to announce that the remains of two BNSF employees have been recovered, while the third missing employee is still unaccounted for. The fourth employee remains in stable condition at a local hospital. The families of the employees involved have been notified, but BNSF is not publicly releasing their names out of respect for the families’ privacy. “The entire BNSF family is terribly saddened by this event and we extend our deepest sympathy and thoughts to the families and friends of the employees involved in this incident. This is an extremely difficult time and our entire organization grieves for the loss of our colleagues,” said Carl Ice, president and chief executive officer.

The investigation is now being overseen by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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Posted by schlimm on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:50 AM

eolafan
.(a) human error (i.e. one of the train crews blowing through a red block) or (b) dispatch error (i.e. either a mistake by a dispatcher or a fault in the signal system somewhere. 

Two of your three (which seems to cover all the causes) are human error.

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Posted by BRAKIE on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:46 AM

Its always tragic when death rides the rails..

My condolences to their family and follow railroaders that knew and worked with these men.

Larry

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Posted by eolafan on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:30 AM

Yes, a tragic situation to be sure...especially if there was any loss of life or injury (which seems likely).  It would seem there are two possible general causes for such a wreck...(a) human error (i.e. one of the train crews blowing through a red block) or (b) dispatch error (i.e. either a mistake by a dispatcher or a fault in the signal system somewhere.  Am I missing yet another possibility?

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BNSF's Panhandle wreck.
Posted by NP Eddie on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:23 AM

ALL:

This is a great tragedy with three railroaders presumed dead. As a retired NP-BN-BNSF clerk from Minneapolis I share the sorrow in this terrible tragedy. It ranks with the Motley, MN head-on for loss of life and damage. 

At this early part of the investigation, were both trains on the same track? It appears that all locomotives and a number of cars and containers were destroyed. Does anyone have the numbers of the locomotives involved? One appears to be 7909.

Ed Burns

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