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Document Series
Accident Investigations
Office of Railroad Safety
Accident Date
Accident Type
Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Incident (HRX)
Railroad Name
Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)

Castalia, IA
United States

Accident Number
Investigation Status
Subject Accident Investigations
Canadian Pacific Railway, CP, highway-rail grade crossing

On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at approximately 9:30 a.m., CST, a Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) train (B36-19) collided with a school bus at the 130th Avenue highway-rail grade crossing (DOT# 385195D) in the city of Castalia, Winneshiek County, Iowa.

The school bus had three occupants, one of which sustained minor injuries. Neither the train conductor nor the engineer were injured in the incident. There was some damage to the school bus and minor damage to the train engine.

The temperature was approximately -5° F and clear, there was no HAZMAT involved in the accident, this was not PTC preventable, and this is not an Amtrak route.

FRA determined the probable cause to be M304 -Highway user cited for violation of highway-rail grade crossing traffic laws with a contributing cause of M303 - Highway user misjudgment under normal weather and traffic conditions

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Last updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022