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FRA Investigations of Railroad Accidents

FRA's Accident Analysis Branch continuously monitors the occurrence of train accidents and incidents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. FRA  staff are dispatched to the scene of serious train accidents to determine their cause, or whether a formal investigation is warranted.

The decision to assign a railroad accident for investigation generally follows a railroad’s telephonic notification directly to FRA or to the National Response Center, the primary Federal entity to which all major transportation accidents are reported. 

FRA accident investigation reports, can be found in the eLibrary here. Please note that due to size constraints and other considerations, attachments and exhibits associated with these reports are not posted online, and are available only through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  

To receive FRA accident investigation reports by email, click here

For more information on reporting and the criteria that accidents generally need to meet for FRA investigation, click here.