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Document Series
Accident Investigations
Federal Railroad Administration
Accident Date
Accident Type
Obstruction Collision (OBS)
Railroad Name

North Charleston, SC
United States

Accident Number
Investigation Status
Amtrak, highway rail grade crossing

On October 30, 2021, at approximately 2:36 a.m., EDT, National Railroad Passenger Corporation (ATK) passenger train P-053-29, operating on the CSX Transportation’s Charleston Subdivision, collided with an automobile at a highway-rail grade crossing (USDOT crossing inventory number 631980D) at Remount Road located in North Charleston, South Carolina. At the time of the accident, the train was traveling southbound when a motor vehicle went around the activated crossing gates and was struck on the passenger side. The motor vehicle contained four occupants with one sustaining injuries, and three being fatally injured. The track layout is double main track with a maximum authorized speed of 79 mph for passenger service per the CSX Charleston Subdivision Timetable No. 3, effective January 1, 2021. Train 1 was traveling at an estimated speed of 69 mph at the time of collision. There were no reported injuries to the train crew or the passengers. U.S. DOT crossing number 631980D is equipped with gate arms, crossbucks, bells, cantilever, and standard flashing lights. Weather at time of the accident was 50° F, nighttime, with clear skies. The probable cause of the accident is M308 -- Highway user deliberately disregarded crossing warning devices.

Last updated: Saturday, October 30, 2021