Great Northern accidents

ICC accident reports

Wayzata 1964The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) has been recording the details of accidents and providing suggested remedies to railroads since 1910. These reports are the findings of investigations and serve as the official record of the incidents.

Accident reports are not only a report of an incident, they also provide a thorough description of the details relating to each event, such as diagrams of track and signal structures, consists of trains involved, pertinent operating rules, weather conditions, crew behavior, or any other relevent facts.

The accidents below are from the ICC web site.

Click on the incident name for a full description of the accident taken from the ICC reports.

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DATE LOCATION TYPE TRAINS INVOLVED
FATALITIES
INJURIES
CAUSE
1947 Berthold, ND» Rear end collision Freight/Freight
0
3
Exessive speed within yard limits
1947 Canisteo, MN» Side collision Freight/Engine, caboose
1
4
Exessive speed within yard limits
1948 Dassel, MN» Derailment Passenger train #4
0
21
Defective track
1948 Fero, ND» Derailment Passenger train #3
0
108
Defective track
1948 Sieben, MT » Head-end collision Freight/Motor car
4
30
Inadequate block protection
1948 Walden, ND Rear end collision Mixed train #200/Freight
1
5
Failure to control speed of train
1950 Assiniboine, MT Head-end collision Freight/Passenger train #235
0
29
Failure to provide flag protection
1951 Willow Lake, SD Derailment Passenger train #186
2
0
Broken rail
1952 Ft. Belknap, MT Head-end collision Passenger trains
27, 28
2
22
27 overshoots siding switch
1952 Glasgow, MT Derailment Eastbound Western Star
0
5
Broken rail
1952 Stanley, ND Rear end collision Freight/Freight
1
0
Failure to control speed
1952 Summit, MT Head-end collision Freight/Passenger #4
0
14
Block protection failure
1952 Supplee, WA Head-end collision Motor car/Freight
1
0
Inadequate protection
1955 W. Union, MN Derailment Passenger #4
0
85
Broken rail
1955 Yarnell, MT Derailment Passenger #3
0
10
Rock on track
1957 Conrad, MT Rear-end collision Freight/Freight
2
3
Failure to control speed of train
1957 Lupfer, MT Derailment Passenger
0
0
1959 Stephen, MN Head-end collision Freight/Freight
1
3
Failure to obey train orders
1959 Cut Bank, MT Rear-end collision Freight/Freight
0
2
Exessive speed within yard limits
1963 Quincy, Wash. Head-end collision Freight/Freight
2
4
1964 Wayzata, MN» Derailment and collision Freight/Passenger
0
65
Broken coupler
1964 St. Paul, MN Rear-end collision Freight/Freight
1
3
Exessive speed within yard limits
1966 Buelow, MT Head-end collision Western Star/Empire Builder
2
??
#27 ran a red block signal
1969 Marysville, WA Rear-end collision Freight/Freight
2
2
Engineer unconcious

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