BNSF train ignored stop signal before deadly Texas Panhandle collisionYes, the EB failed to react to the Advanced Approach, the Approach Signal, and the Stop signal. They also didn't react to the jolt when they split the East Siding switch. The speed passing the Approach signal was 62mph when it should have been 30 mph, and the speed passing the Stop Indication was 67 mph.
A train failed to heed a stop signal before it barreled head-on into another freight train last month in the Texas Panhandle, killing three, according to a preliminary federal report released Thursday.
An eastbound BNSF Railway train failed to slow at a yellow warning signal on June 28 and then continued past a red stop signal before striking an oncoming BNSF train, inspectors for the National Transportation Safety Board said in the report.
The eastbound train, bound for Chicago, was supposed to stop and allow the Los Angeles-bound train to pass. It was traveling just over 60 mph when it passed the yellow signal, though trains are not supposed to travel any faster than 40 mph at a yellow signal so that they can stop in time at a red signal. The train was traveling about 65 mph when it passed the stop signal.
NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said it's not clear how far beyond the stop signal that the point of impact occurred.
Whom ever the newspaper quoted or misunderstood the 40 mph restriction would have been for the Advanced Approach signal.