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BLET Safety Task Force dispatched to scene of BNSF derailment near Amarillo, Texas

CLEVELAND, September 25 — The BLET Safety Task Force has been dispatched to the scene of a collision involving three BNSF Railway trains near Amarillo, Texas, which occurred at approximately 4:30 this morning. According to media reports, four crew members suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a team to the scene of the crash, and has granted Party Status to the BLET Safety Task Force to assist with the investigation. BLET Primary Investigator Russell W. Elley, Division 197 (San Antonio, Texas), and Erich M. Jeske, Division 256 (Denver, Colo.), will be on site to represent the Safety Task Force.

The BLET Safety Task Force assists federal agencies in the investigation of rail accidents, helping to determine probable causes and making safety recommendations. The STF will study the accident from the viewpoint of locomotive engineers and trainmen to help determine how the accident occurred and how to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.

The NTSB will handle release of details regarding this accident as the on-site investigation unfolds.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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