December 2001 Missouri Coal Train Collision

Dec. 13, 2001 3 Trains

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Subject: Derailments



Any info on the condition of the crew?


Sent: Friday, December 14, 2001 8:33 AM
Subject: Three Coal Trains


Category: Major Derailment


Date : 12/13/2001   Time: 05:55   SubDivision : JEFFERSON CITY SUB


Circ 7 : mx036   Mile Post: MP32.5   City : Pacific   State : MO  


Train Symbol : CNRBW 10


Headline :  MAJOR DERAILMENT INVOLVING 3 COAL TRAINS BLOCKING BOTH
MAIN TRACKS AT THE SAND PLANT CROSSING AT PACIFIC, MO.


Public Comments : 2CNAAE-10 STOPPED AT RED SIGNAL AT CP M032 ON NO
2 TRACK. 


CNRBW-10 REAR ENDED THE 2CNAAE-10 AND DERAILED AT THE TIME


CPAWE-13 TRAVELING WEST BOUND ON NO 1 TRACK STRUCK DERAILED CARS
FOULING NO 1. 


CONDUCTOR GB HENDRIX TRAVELED BY AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL AND ENGINEER JA SHELTON LIFE FLIGHTED TO THE HOSPITAL.

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The following is the list and narrative of the accident.  There are some interesting things... picketing at the site which is at the end of
the list.  It is long... just scan thru it.  The costs are tremendous and they have locals who are causing distractions too.


                       09 TCS ACCIDENT NARRATIVE                
PAGE: 01 OF 27
INQUIRY ACCESS ONLY!
FILE ID: 1213CNRBW10    DATE/TIME OCCURED: 12 13 01 06 00 C CMD     (SPECIFY NOTIFICATIONS & COMPANY/OUTSIDE EQUIPMENT CALLED)
LINE NARRATIVE:     ==================================


    600 AM, CT, RMCC
    --------------------------


POSSIBLE DERAILMENT AT PACIFIC, MISSOURI, POLICE AND FIRE DEPT
THERE,


CREW MEMBER TRAPPED IN UNITS, MP 34.8, JEFF CITY SUB


 610 AM, CT, VMX, DAN WITTHAUS, DTS     --------------------------------


SOUNDS BAD, CALL TWO SETS OF HULCHER


610 AM, CT, SVC INTERRUPTION
     -----------------------------------------


CALLED HULCHER FOR TWO SETS, ETA LATER


645 AM, CT, SVC INTER, DESK HDC
-----------------------------------------


CALL BACK FROM HULCHER


ETA FOR HIGHLAND DIVISION 11:30 AM, CT


ETA FOR GALESBURG DIVISION 1:30 PM, CT


ETA FOR DES MOINES DIVISION CALLED BY JIM GALLAMORE, 200 PM


TOTAL EQUIPMENT CALLED, 6 583'S, 3 FEL, 2 TRACK HOES, 2 PUSH CATS
FROM MATTHEW CONSTRUCTION


630 AM, CT, MARK PAYNE GEN SUS, AND MARK, SVC INT DESK -----------------------------------------------------------


AT 600 AM, CT, THE 2CNAAE-10, EASTBOUND LOADED COAL TRAIN, WAS STOPPED AT DOZIER MISSOURI, MP 32.4 ON THE JEFFERSON CITY SUB NEAR PACIFIC, MISSOURI.


EASTBOUND LOADED COAL TRAIN, CNRBW-10 STRUCK THE REAR END OF THE 2CNAAE-10, DERAILING THE LEAD TWO UNITS AND THE REAR DPU UNIT ON THE 2CNAAE-10, UP 8088. 


ESTIMATE 30 ALUMINUM CARS DERAILED IN A PILE, 50 TO 60 FEET CLEAR OF THE BNSF MAIN. 


THE TWO LOADED COAL TRAINS WERE EASTBOUND ON THE NO 2 TRAK AND A WESTBOUND ON
NO 1 TRACK, EMPTY COAL TRAIN CPAWE-13 WAS HIT BY CARS AND DEBRIS AND WAS DERAILED ALSO. THE CREWS ARE OK ON THE CPAWE-13 AND 2CNAAE-10.

 
THE CREW ON THE STRIKING TRAIN, CNRBW-10 WERE INJURED.  THE CONDR WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL VIA AMBULANCE, IN SHOCK AND POSSIBLE RIB
INJURIES.  THE FEMALE ENGINEER HAD TO BE EXTRACTED FROM THE UNIT WITH
COAL AND DEBRIS ON HER LEGS, AND WAS LIFE FLIGHTED TO THE HOSPITAL.  THERE
ARE NO LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.


PACIFIC, MISSOURI, FIRE AND POLICE DEPT WERE ON SCENE, THE FIRE DEPT PUT OUT A SMALL DIESEL FIRE FROM THE DERAILMENT. THIS COULD BE AT SAND ROAD CROSSING.


MOTD AND OTHERS WILL PULL TAPES AND INTERVIEW DISPATCHER


CALL COMPANY JET, WHEELS UP AT 830 AM, CT, OMAHA, WITH BRENNAN
BANION, ALEX KUMMANT RVP, RUDY BUSSARD, JIM GALLAMORE, BR
WILLIAMS SIGNAL, JOHN BROMLEY PR, CECIL COPELAND OP PRAC, ED KAHOKE ENGR,


(GARY THOMPSON WILL GO COMMERCIAL 805 AM)


BRIAN GORTON DRO, RICHARD CASTAGNA DTO, BRIAN MCGOVACK MTO THERE
CRAIG SMITH AND TOM KNOX MECH ENROUTE


720 AM, CT, FRA
--------------------------


816-329-3854, FRA, RON HEINDEL AND PEGGY ELLIS FROM KANSAS CITY
CALLED AND WERE UPDATED WITH INFORMATION


730 AM, CT, NTSB CELL-630-640-7572, PAGER 866-287-7148
--------------------------------------------------------------


CY GURA, NTSB OUT OF CHICAGO IS ENROUTE, 5 HOURS, ETA 200 PM, CT.
630-587-8120, WANTS TO INTERVIEW CREWS, I TOLD JIM GALLAMORE
THIS AND THAT JIM WAS THE CONTACT FOR NTSB.


740 AM, CT, SVC INT
-----------------------------------


THERE WAS AN XH ORDER GIVEN TO TEH CNRBW-10 BY THE TRAIN DISPATCHER
AND DISPATCHER STATED HAD TWO CONVERSATIONS WITH THIS TRAIN.


800 AM, CT, CONF CALL FROM MARK PAYNE AND OTHERS
----------------------------------------------------


AT THE U.S.SILICA INDUSTRY PLANT, THERE ARE 12 CARS OFF AND INTO THE PLANT ON THE WESTBOUND SIDE. ENGR SHELTON AND CONDR SHOW REST T/U AT JEFF CITY AT 1015 AM. CALLED FOR 1017 PM FOR 1145 PM ON THE MKCAS AND THEN SWAPPED TO THE COAL TRAIN WITH 12 HOURS AND 2 MINUTES UNDISTURBED REST.  SHOWS SAME FOR THE CONDR WHO IS A ST LOUIS CONDR OFF THE EXTRA BOARD.


BOTH MAIN TRACKS ARE BLOCKED WITH THE CARS.


HEAVY TRACK DAMAGE, AND THE 3 TURNED OVER UNITS.  2 UNITS HAVE HOLES
IN THE FUEL TANKS AND THERE ARE TANKS ENROUTE TO EMPTY THESE. 


ALL OF THE ALUMINUM CARS HAVE 1991 DATES AND ARE HEAVILY DAMAGED. THE
HIGHWAY IS BLOCKED OFF BY THE POLICE. 

THE DPU UNIT IS VERY DAMAGED. 
THE DOWNLOAD FROM THE DPU UNIT SHOWS 52 MPH, IN FULL DYNAMICS FOR
LESS THEN 3 MINUTES. THE EMPTY TRAIN HAS 3 CARS DERAILED IN IT ABOUT
1/8TH OF A MILE BACK..


845 AM, CT, DAN WITTHAUS, 314-409-3119
---------------------------------------------


ONE CAR FOULING THE HIGHWAY, 100, AND IT IS BLOCKED OFF BY POLICE.
1000 FEET OF TRACK TO PANEL ON EACH MAIN.  NO SWITCHES ARE INVOLVED.
FROM JIM PRATT M OF WAY.


> 850 AM, CT, SVC INT DESK
> --------------------------------------------------
CPAWE-13 HAS STEEL CARS, 263,000'S


CNRBW-10 HAS SYSTEM ALUMINUM CARS, 286'S


2CNAAE-10 HAS PRIVATE ALUMINUM CARS, ALL 286'S


910 AM, CT,
-----------------------


CAD TAPES, VOICE TAPES AND CAD READOUTS ARE HERE
910 AM, CT, KEN LONG PR  271-3964
-----------------------------------------------------


ASKED FOR UPDATES AND INFORMATION
910 AM, CT, PAUL KIRK M OF WAY
--------------------------------------------


INFORMATION GIVEN EARLIER AT 625 AM, FOR WORK TRAINS


WDUDUD-13, OUT OF DUPO.


WKCKCD-13 OUT OF KANSAS CITY
BOTH TRAINS WILL HAVE PANELS AND BALLAST


955 AM, CT, DAN WITTHAUS, 314-409-3119 -------------------------------------


6 UNITS ARE INVOLVED UP 8088 DPU DESTROYED, 2 HEAD UNITS, UP 6646
AND UP 8025. 3 UNITS ON THE WESTBOUND TRAIN STRUCK THE PILE. THE UP
6555 IS UP IN THE AIR WITH DAMAGE.


THERE ARE 74 CARS TOTAL DERAILED.


54 CARS ON THE CNRBW-10 AND THE TWO LEAD UNITS. 


6 CARS ON THE 2CNAAE-10 AND THE
REAR DPU UNIT.


ALL 3 UNITS AND 5 CARS ON THE EMPTY CPAWE-13. 


THERE ARE 9 CARS DERAILED IN A STORAGE TRACK AT AN INDUSTY ALSO.


1018 AM, CT, LONNIE RAMOS, NTSB WASHINGTON D.C. 202-493-6214
--------------------------------------------------------------
CALLED FOR INFORMATION AND UPDATES.


1110 AM, CT, DAN WITTHAUS DTS
----------------------------------------------


CREW ON DUTY TO PULL EAST AND ANOTHER CREW TO PULL THE REAR END
BACK TO CLEAR THE BNSF CROSSOVER.


THE ENGR AND CONDR ARE IN THE
HOSPITAL AT ST JOHNS.  JOHN LIGHT THE CLAIMS AGENT IS THERE WITH THEM
AND MGRS ARE ENROUTE. T.V.CAMERAS ARE THERE FROM ST LOUIS, JOHN
BROMLEY TO HANDLE.


1220 PM, CT, DAN WITTHAUS DTS
---------------------------------------------------


ETO 1 AM, DEC 15TH ON NO 1 TRACK, ESTIMATE 36 HOURS


1249 PM, CT, WILLIE REYNOLDS,
-------------------------------------
DETOURS COF DERAILMENT
GWWR -TRAIN I.D. DIR. LOCATION   OLD SYMBOL COMMENTS
AFXAS-13 E/B


Other trains are listed:
Damaged:
133 PM, CT, DV'S FROM DERAILMENT, JOHN RENTH


                                 TOTAL   $ 2,552,968.00


135 PM, CT, DAN WITHAUS DTS
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BNSF CHIEF FOR PACIFIC, MO., CROSSOVER 613-234-6159  OR 6231
200 PM , 245 PM, 330 PM, WESTBOUNDS ON THE BNSF CALLED OUT OF ST LOUIS THAT OUR MOP'S CAN GET ON TO BE QUALIFIED ON THIS TRACK.


240 PM, CT, CHRIS HUETER MTO
----------------------------------------------------------


THE CREW ON THE CNRBW-10 HAS BEEN MANTIDORY DRUG TESTED
J.A.SHELTON ENGR AND G.B.HENRIX CONDR.


245 PM, CT, CRAIG SMITH MMM
----------------------------------------------------


DV VALUES TURNED IN BY JOHN RENTH.
GAVE CAR AND UNITS DAMAGED, CLEARED AND RERAIL TIMES


HULCHER GALESBURG ARRVED AT 2 PM, AND HIGHLAND ABOUT NOON.


ADDITIONAL CARS NOTED ARE IN THE STORAGE TRACK, DERAILED AT
INDUSTRY.
1
----------------------------
TOTAL           $133,743 NOT ADDED INTO TOTAL DAMAGE YET


330 PM, CT, DAN WITTHAUS, DTS
-------------------------------------------------
GAVE $550,000 FOR TRACK DAMAGES.

335 PM, CT, DAMAGE PREVENTION -------------------------------------


GAVE LADING COSTS, 54 CARS OF COAL AND 6 CARS OF COAL TOTAL 60 CARS
AT $1,500 EACH FOR TOTAL OF $90,000 LADING
410 PM, CT, DAN O'BRIEN LOCO MECH
----------------------------------------


12 SETS IDLER WHEELS DEPT SOUTH MORRILL ABOUT 1300 PM TODAY ENROUTE
TO PACIFIC, MISSOURI.  6 SETS IDLER WHEELS FROM NORTH LITTLE ROCK
THIS P.M. TONIGHT ALSO ENROUTE.
420 PM, CT, CRAIG SMITH MMM
-----------------------------------


GAVE LOCOMOTIVE DAMAGES OF $4,550,000 AND BREAK DOWN PER UNIT
UP 6646  $  800,000
UP 8025  $  800,000
UP 8088  $2,500,000
UP 6555  $  150,000
UP 7510  $  150,000
UP 7085  $  150,000
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TOTAL    $4,550,000

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540PM CT, 12/13/01, DTS DAN WITTHAUS


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P.O.D. MP 33.8
545PM CT, 12/13/01, DIR TRAIN OPER PRAC MIKE VOLKMAR ----------------------------------------------------
THE BNSF WILL USE THEIR OWN MANAGERS FOR PILOTS, DO NOT WANT TO USE UPRR MANAGERS.
600PM CT, 12/13/01, DIR SVC INTERRUPTION
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GAVE BNSF SYMBOLS MKCAS-12, CCVCS1-11, QNPAS-12, CATOV-11, CATMR-11 AND ILADU-10, ALL EASTBOUNDS TO DETOUR PACIFIC, MO TO GRAND AVE ST
LOUIS, WITH 2 SLOTS 1000PM, 2 SLOTS 200AM AND 2 SLOTS 600AM.

600PM CT, 12/13/01, ARVP MIKE SCOGGINS
--------------------------------------


ESTIMATES CLEARING WILL BE COMPLETE 600PM FRI 12/14
ETO #1 MAIN REVISED TO 600AM SAT 12/15, AND ETO #2 MAIN REMAINS 1159PM SAT 12/15.


THE ENGINEER AND CONDUCTOR BOTH KEPT IN HOSPITAL WITH BROKEN RIBS.
930PM CT, 12/13/01, DIR DERAILMENT PREV JIM GALLAMORE
-----------------------------------------------------


WORK IS GOING VERY WELL, OPTOMISTIC THAT WILL OPEN EARLIER IF THE
WORK CONTINUES GOING WELL.
945PM CT, 12/13/01, MMM CRAIG SMITH
-----------------------------------


GAVE 35 CAR CLEAR TIMES, 2 UNITS & 7 CARS RERAILED TIMES.
STILL WORKING WITH RERAILING UNITS THAT ARE UPRIGHT.
THE FUEL RECOVERY TEAM HAS ONE MORE UNIT LEFT TO PUMP.
1110PM CT, 12/13/01, JIM GALLAMORE
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PICKETS HAVE SHOWED UP NOW ACCOUNT R.J. CORMAN WORKING.  THE POLICE
HAVE ORDERED THEM OFF THE PROPERTY AND HAVE BLOCKED OFF A WORK AREA
THAT IS OFF LIMITS.  CONFERENCED IN JOHN MARCHANT, WHO ADVISED TO USE
CORMAN AS LONG AS POSSIBLE, BUT RELEASE THEM IF IT BECOMES A PROBLEM.

HAVE ORDERED ANOTHER DIVISION OF HULCHER FROM TULSA, WITH AN ETA
400AM, AND WILL TRY TO KEEP CORMAN WORKING UNTIL THEIR ARRIVAL. ALSO,
UPDATED RVP ALEX KUMMANT OF THE SITUATION.
1201AM CT, 12/14/01, JIM GALLAMORE
----------------------------------


TALKED TO LABOR UNION VICE PRES. DAVE FAGGEN AT HOME, HE AGREED TO PULLTHE PICKETS DOWN AND LET CORMAN WORK UNTIL THE OTHER DIVISION
FROM HULCHER SHOWS UP.  THE PICKETS WERE GONE BY MIDNIGHT, AND DID
NOT DISRUPT THE WORK.
1245AM CT, 12/14/01, MMM CRAIG SMITH
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GAVE 1 ENGINE RERAILED TIME AND 11 CAR CLEARED TIMES.
1255AM CT, 12/14/01, JIM GALLAMORE
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STEADY RAIN SINCE 1030PM, GETTING MUDDY AND BEGINNING TO SLOW THEIR
PROGRESS.
245AM CT, 12/14/01, GEN DIR CAR/LOCO MIKE IDEN
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HAVE THE UP 6646 UPRIGHT AND DAMAGE IS WORSE THAN ORIGIONALLY
THOUGHT, WILL INSPECT AFTER DAYLIGHT.  THIS UNIT COULD BE TOTALED OUT.
330AM CT, 12/14/01, JIM GALLAMORE / CRAIG SMITH
-----------------------------------------------


GAVE 12 CLEAR TIMES.  LEAVES 2 UNITS AND 9 CARS TO CLEAR, AND
SHOULD BE COMPLETE BY 800 TO 900AM.  THE RAIN HAS SLACKED OFF, ALL GOING WELL.
425AM CT, 12/14/01, DRO BRYAN GORTON
------------------------------------


THE PANELS AND BALLAST ARE ON THE SCENE AND LINED UP ON BOTH ENDS.
805 AM, CT, CRAIG SMITH MMM
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WORKING ON THE UP 8025 TO RERAIL AND GAVE OTHER CLEAR TIMES
800 AM, CT, MARK PAYNE GEN SUS 8 AM CALL
--------------------------------------------


ABOUT 9 AM TO CLEAR THE DEBRIS, WILL LAY 20 PANELS ON EACH TRACK AND
SOME IN THE INDUSTRY TRACK.  2 PANELS ARE DOWN SO FAR IN PREP WORK.
ETO IS STILL 10 PM TO MIDNIGHT.  EPA IS ON SITE.  THERE WILL BE 8 TO 9 EMPTY COAL READY FOR THE OPENING. CONTINUE WITH MORE DETOURS TODAY.
855 AM, CT, JIM GALLAMORE
-------------------------------------------


UP 8025 IS RERAILED AT 850 AM.
SHOW UP 8088 IN THE CLEAR AT 600 AM.



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