Creston, Iowa
March 28, 1998


From assorted sources in the RR industry:

About 10:30 on 3/28, empty coal train ECLOCDM049 was stopped at the Creston depot changing crews. It was powered by BN 9553 and BN 9624 with 115 empties, 3450 tons, and 6253 ft. long. This train was struck from the rearend by westbound empty coal train EMEACDM0-24. Two cars of the first train derailed with the rear car climbing onto nose and cab of BN 5523, causing extensive damage to left side.

There were minor injuries to both crew members of the second train. The conductor jumped, breaking a kneecap, and the engineer stayed aboard. During the collision the wreckage from the struck train fouled the eastbound main, striking the lead unit on standing coal load CRCMOTR0-06. The lead unit on this train was BN 9463. This unit was not derailed but stood listing to the right about 35 degrees.

Traffic was detoured through the yard at Creston, causing a large traffic jam between Red Oak and Osceola. Hulcher Emergency Service was called in to remove wreckage. Both tracks opened about 20:00 hours on 3/28

Pictures courtesy Byron Tinder:

North side of mains, showing 5523 and rear of struck train.
North side of mains, showing 5523 and rear of struck train.
South side of mains, showing hopper in air.
South side of mains, showing hopper in air.
South side of mains, showing 9463 listing starboard.
South side of mains, showing 9463 listing starboard.
BN 5523 - Conductor's Side (taken 3/29)
BN 5523 - Conductor's Side (taken 3/29)
BN 5523 - Engineer's Side (taken 3/29)