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Train-to-Train Impact Test: Wheelchair Securement Experiments

Document Series
Research Results
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
RR 22-27
Subject Crashworthiness - Passenger Equipment
Crashworthiness, train-to-train test, anthropomorphic test device, ATD, rail passenger safety, wheelchair securement, wheelchair
RR_WhMD-A.pdf (445.24 KB)

Researchers crash-tested off-the-shelf wheelchair securement devices in a train-to-train impact test at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado, on August 11, 2022. Two wheelchair securement devices and one backboard (baseline experiment) were each tested with a Hybrid III 50th percentile male (H3-50M) anthropomorphic test device (ATD), i.e., a crash test dummy, seated in a wheelchair. The wheelchair securement devices retained their structural integrity, remained attached to the carbody, compartmentalized the ATDs, and resulted in injury values that are likely survivable for an occupant.

Last updated: Friday, September 30, 2022