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NTSB Investigation of Fox River Grove Train-School Bus Collision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ryan Gray   
Friday, 13 October 1995 08:41

The following are NTSB's findings from its 1995 investigation into the Fox River Grove, Ill., school bus-train collision:

Train-School Bus Collision: Fox River Grove, Chicago, Illinois

Time and Date: 7:10 a.m., Oct. 25, 1995

Weather conditions: Clear.

Event: School bus drives onto rail-highway grade crossing in front on an approaching commuter train.

Injuries: Seven school bus passengers die, 24 bus passenger and bus driver injured.

Accident report: National Transportation Safety Board Highway Accident Report 96/02

Description of collision: A school bus crossed the railroad tracks and stopped for a red traffic signal at the Fox River Grove railroad grade crossing. The rear of the bus extended about 3 feet into the path of the train. The train, a Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation (Metropolitan Rail) express commuter train, travelling at approximately 70 mph, struck the rear left side of the stopped Transportation Joint Agreement School District 47/155 school bus.

Probable Cause: The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the collision was that the bus driver had positioned the school bus so that it encroached upon the railroad tracks. Contributing factors included the failure of the 1) Illinois Department of Transportation to recognize the short queuing area on northbound Algonquin Road and to take corrective action, 2) the failure of the Illinois Department of Transportation to recognize the insufficient time of the green signal indication for vehicles on northbound Algonquin Road before the arrival of a train at the crossing, and 3) the failure of the Transportation Joint Agreement School District 47/155 to identify route hazards and to provide its drivers with alternative instructions for such situations. Also, the absence of a communications system that ensured understanding of the integration and working relationship of the railroad and highway signal systems.

 

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