NTSB Launches Investigation Into St. Paul Collision

Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific trains collided late Wednesday near Dayton’s Bluff causing a BNSF train on the adjacent track to derail. Photo by Khang Lu.

NTSB Launches Investigation Into St. Paul Collision

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

St. PAUL, Minn. — The National Transportation Safety Board is launching an investigation into a multi-train collision that occurred in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday night. 

Shortly after 5 p.m., on August 25, a Canadian Pacific train collided with a Union Pacific train at a switch on CP tracks near Dayton’s Bluff. Two CP locomotives and a UP locomotive left the rails. That collision resulted in the derailment of a lumber car in the middle of a BNSF Railway train on an adjacent track. No one was injured but the train did temporarily close a critical main line through the Twin Cities. 

On Thursday, the NTSB announced it would be investigating the incident. It’s unclear what role Positive Train Control played in the collision — or if it was even in use at the time — although the event was exactly the type of incident that PTC is meant to prevent. 

This article was posted on: August 27, 2021