National Transportation Safety Board

Train Collision
12:26 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Poor Eyesight Probable Cause Of Oklahoma Train Crash

NTSB recorders expert Doug Brazy briefs Board Member Mark Rosekind at the scene of the Union Pacific freight train accident.
Credit National Transportation Safety Board

Federal officials say a train driver's failing eyesight was the probable cause of a fiery train crash that killed three people in the Oklahoma Panhandle last year.

Dr. Mary Pat McKay told the National Transportation Safety Board that the driver’s eyesight fluctuated from day to day and he couldn’t always distinguish red, green and yellow lights.

“This was a very bright, sunny clear day,” McKay says. “He may have had difficulty telling which of the lights were illuminated.”

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