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2016 Cimarron train derailment

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Date  March 14, 2016
Country  United States
Operator  Amtrak
Location  Cimarron, Kansas
Rail line  BNSF
2016 Cimarron train derailment
Time  0:02 a.m. local time (5:02 UTC)

The 2016 Cimarron train derailment occurred on March 14, 2016 when Amtrak's Southwest Chief derailed about 20 miles (32 km) west of Dodge City in Kansas, United States. 28 were injured.



The accident occurred at 0:02 a.m. local time (5:02 UTC) when Amtrak's Southwest Chief derailed, with four cars falling onto their sides and two others derailing yet remaining upright. The remaining four cars stayed on the rails, as did the 2 locomotives which were pulling the train. The train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago and was near Cimarron, Kansas. It was traveling at 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) when it derailed. The train cars consisted of 2 P42DC locomotives, baggage car, one Superliner transition sleeping car, two Superliner sleeping cars, a Superliner dining car, a Superliner lounge car, and three Superliner coach cars.

There were 130 passengers and 14 crew on board the train. Of those, 28 were injured. Initially, three of them remained hospitalized Monday evening, including two people who were where critically hurt and later airlifted to Amarillo, Texas. The rest had been released.

After the accident, passengers waited about 12 hours in Cimarron at the 4-H recreation center where cots and blankets were set up. Food was provided by local restaurants. They then boarded buses to Kansas City and transferred to a Chicago bound train.


The National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation into the accident. The Gray County sheriff's deputy said that there was a separate vehicle accident that may have damaged the rails, and authorities were examining tire tracks leading to the train tracks and preserving the scene with crime scene tape. Later reports said that an agricultural vehicle damaged the track prior to the train's derailment, 25 feet (7.6 m) from impact. The tracks were displaced 12 to 14 inches (300–360 mm) by the impact. This displacement of the tracks could be seen in the video recorded by the camera on the locomotive.

On April 5, the NTSB released a preliminary report about the accident. It focused on the apparent collision of the feed truck into the railroad track. Tire tracks in the ground by the displaced railroad track matched the tires on a 2004 Kenworth International truck at a local feed lot owned by Cimarron Crossing Feeders, LLC.


On April 8, a lawsuit was filed by Amtrak and BNSF against Cimarron Crossing Feeders, LLC. It alleges employees of Cimarron Crossing Feeders left a Kenworth truck “unattended, out of gear, and without any brakes applied” while loading grain March 13 into March 14. According to the lawsuit, the truck from the Cimarron facility rolled downhill to the south, crossing U.S. Highway 50 and striking the side of the railroad tracks. The truck then came to rest on the tracks. According to the lawsuit, Cimarron Crossing Feeders then called for a tow truck to remove the Kenworth “without permission or consent from BNSF,” which owns the tracks.

The initial filing states that damages claimed are over $75,000 for each of BNSF and Amtrak. It also states that a specific employee of Cimarron Crossing Feeders, one Arturo Carrillo, was working on loading the truck involved in the incident. It also claims that Cimarron should have known that the damage to the track was a danger and yet they did not call Amtrak, BNSF or any Law Enforcement agencies.


2016 Cimarron train derailment Wikipedia

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