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Accident Investigation Summary Report FE-2021-20

Document Series
Accident Investigations
Federal Railroad Administration
Accident Date
Accident Type
Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Incident (HRX)
Railroad Name
WATCO Rail Services (WATX)

Houston, TX
United States

Accident Number
Subject Accident Investigations
WATCO Rail Services, WATX, Employee Fatality, Houston, Texas, grade crossing, shove movement

On Friday, October 29, 2021, at 4:06 a.m. CDT, a WATCO Rail Services (WATX) brakeman was fatally crushed between a semi-trailer tanker truck and a railcar while riding the point of a shove movement at the Greens Port Industrial Park in Houston, Texas. The semi-truck failed to yield to the train, which was moving in reverse, over a private highway-rail grade crossing with passive warning devices (crossbucks and a stop sign), resulting in a collision of the truck and the train. 

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Last updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2023