NTSB hearing set on cause of Okla. train collision

NTSB sets hearing to determine cause of head-on Union Pacific train collision in Oklahoma

Associated Press

GOODWELL, Okla. (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board plans to meet next week to determine the probable cause of a head-on collision of Union Pacific Corp. trains in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

A board meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. CDT on Tuesday at National Transportation Safety Board headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The June 24, 2012, crash between Union Pacific trains near Goodwell killed three of four crewmembers on the two trains. A fourth crewmember survived after jumping from one of the trains just before the crash.

A preliminary report said the eastbound train was traveling at 64 mph and the westbound train at 38 mph when they collided. The speed limit is 70 mph in the area.

During a hearing in February, investigators said the eastbound train drove through several warning signals without slowing down.

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