NTSB: Human errors led to fatal accident

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EDGEMONT, S.D. — Two BNSF Railway employees were killed in a January 2017 accident as the result of a series of human errors, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

On Jan. 17, 2017, three BNSF maintenance of way workers were clearing snow-covered switches in Edgemont, S.D.; one was acting as a lookout while the other two were clearing the switch. According to the report, the lookout was not devoting all of his attention to his duties and a train surprised the trio of workers. Two of them were struck by the train.

The NTSB also reports that the lookout was stationed in a spot where he did not have enough sight distance to appropriately warn his co-workers of the oncoming train.

BNSF tells the Associated Press that it has updated its safety rules since the incident. “After the incident, we further developed our already robust safety protocols,” a spokesperson says.

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