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Document Series
Accident Investigations
Federal Railroad Administration
Accident Date
Accident Type
Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Incident (HRX)
Railroad Name
BNSF Railway

Murray, IA
United States

Accident Number
Investigation Status
Subject Accident Investigations
BNSF Railway; Murray, Iowa; Grade-Crossing Collision; Multiple Fatalities; Highway-Rail Crossing; Highway User Inattentiveness; Teen Driver; Male Driver.

On May 27, 2021, at approximately 3:51 p.m., CDT, BNSF Railway (BNSF) unit sand train UCPFHGP0-05T (Train 1) with 3 locomotives (1 head end and 2 remote rear end), handling 130 loads, 0 empties, at 5,459 feet with 18,493 trailing tons was moving westbound[1] on the BNSF Chicago Division’s Ottumwa Subdivision and struck a pickup truck at Milepost (MP) 366.8 (DOT 074077S Kansas Street) resulting in fatal injuries to 3 of the occupants, and critical injuries to the driver.

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Last updated: Thursday, May 27, 2021