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Accident Investigation Summary Report HQ-2023-1843

Document Series
Accident Investigations
Federal Railroad Administration
Accident Date
Accident Type
Derailment (DRM)
Railroad Name
BNSF Railway (BNSF)

De Soto, WI
United States

Accident Number
Subject Accident Investigations
BNSF Railway, De Soto, Wisconsin, washout, subgrade saturation

On April 27, 2023, at approximately 12:01 pm CDT, BNSF intermodal Train-25 derailed at Milepost (MP) 268.8 on BNSF’s Chicago Division, Aurora Subdivision in De Soto, Wisconsin.  The train was 5,060 feet, weighing 3,809 tons, and was conventionally configured with three headend locomotives and 26 loaded intermodal railcars.  It derailed all 3 locomotives and 9 intermodal cars, totaling 21 platforms.[1]  Four crew members were on the train at the time of derailment.  All four experienced non-life-threatening injuries, with two being transported to the hospital for evaluation and later released.  There were no fatalities and no release of hazardous materials. 

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Last updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2024