National Transportation Safety Board Issues Report of Probable Cause in Deadly 2018 MARTA Crash
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – According to an online news report found at progressiverailroading.com, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a determination as to the probable cause of a deadly Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train accident that occurred back in 2018.*
The cause of the accident is traced back to a flagperson who was trying to move equipment outside of an area that is restricted who did not have the authority to do so.
The crash happened back in June of 2018, where a MARTA train going northbound hit into on-track equipment close to the Medical Center Station near Sandy Springs, Georgia, per the NTSB accident brief.
A MARTA contractor was the owner and operator of the equipment. A contract employee who was the operator of the equipment perished as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.
There were no passengers who sustained injuries in the incident. The train operator also was uninjured in the crash. The speed of the train at the time of the accident was 22 mph.
The NTSB noted in its brief that the probable cause of the accident was due mainly to the flagperson’s actions. Another contributing factor was the railway operator’s failure to conduct a visual check of the immediate track ahead prior to moving from the Medical Center Station. The railway operator also failed to look ahead as far as possible in order to maintain a constant visual check of the condition the tracks.
At the time of the crash, MARTA was attempting to install a high-speed cellular wireless network in the tunnel located south of the Medical Center Station.
There are no further details on the accident at this time.
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Source: https://www.progressiverailroading.com/federal_legislation_regulation/news/NTSB-reports-probable-cause-in-fatal-2018-MARTA-accident--58298 and https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/RAB1904.pdf
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