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Safety Board Blames Trucking Company for Amtrak Wreck

May 16, 1995

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The National Transportation Safety Board blamed a trucking company for a 1993 Amtrak accident in Intercession City, Fla., that injured more than 50 people.

The board ruled Tuesday that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of Rountree Transport and Rigging Inc., of Fort Lauderdale to notify CSX Transportation that it planned to haul an 82-ton turbine across its tracks on Nov. 30, 1993.

Rountree was delivering the turbine to the Kissimmee Utility Authority along a private access road, but the cargo section of the truck bottomed out as the vehicle moved across the tracks, the board said in its report.

To gain sufficient clearance the crew shimmed the transporter while the cargo deck was on the tracks, the board said.

But before they could raise the transporter the bells and whistles of the crossing gate rang and moments later Amtrak’s Silver Meteor struck the cargo deck and turbine, the board report said.

No one was killed but 59 people were taken to local hospitals and 15 admitted.

Though required to inform CSX of plans to move heavy equipment across the tracks, the company failed to do so, the board concluded.

Listed as contributing factors were deficient permitting processes of the Florida Department of Transportation and CSX, which failed to provide sufficient guidance for operation of vehicles with low clearance.

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