Yazoo City Derailment, near Flora, Mississippi, Summary Report

Derailment of Amtrak Train No. 58,
City of New Orleans
Near Flora, Mississippi
April 6, 2004

NTSB Number RAR-05/02
NTIS Number PB2005-916302

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Executive Summary:
Executive Summary: About 6:33 p.m. central daylight time on April 6, 2004, northbound National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) train No. 58 (City of New Orleans) derailed on Canadian National Railway Company railroad track near Flora, Mississippi. The entire train, consisting of one locomotive, one baggage car, and eight passenger cars, derailed near milepost 196.5 while traveling about 78 mph. The train was carrying 61 passengers and 12 Amtrak employees. The derailment resulted in 1 fatality, 3 serious injuries, and 43 minor injuries. The equipment costs associated with the accident totaled about $7 million.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of Amtrak’s City of New Orleans accident on April 6, 2004, near Flora, Mississippi, was the failure of the Canadian National Railway Company to properly maintain and inspect its track, resulting in a rail shift and the subsequent derailment of the train, and the Federal Railroad Administration’s ineffective oversight to ensure the proper maintenance of the track by the railroad.

The safety issues addressed in the report are:

Other items discussed in this report include:

As a result of its investigation of this accident, the Safety Board makes safety recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration, the Canadian National Railway Company, and Amtrak.