On September 22, 1993, Amtrakâ€™s eastbound Sunset Constrained en route from Los Angeles to Miami, carrying 220 individuals on board, roared throughout the Large Bayou Canot Bridge in the vicinity of Cellular, Alabama and derailed.
Three locomotive units, the baggage and dormitory automobiles, and two of the six passenger automobiles had been catapulted into the water. It was the worst educate catastrophe in U.S. heritage. The Countrywide Transportation Security Board was identified as in to look into and used forensic engineering and metallurgy to discover the trigger of this accident.
TMBA was requested to recreate a number of animations of the accident scene dependent on the findings of the NTSB.
This wreck happened soon after a CSX Transportation swing bridge in excess of the Large Bayou Canot in southwestern Alabama (about 10 miles northeast of Cellular) was struck at roughly 2:forty five AM by a barge staying pushed by the towboat Mauvilla (owned and operated by Warrior and Gulf Navigation of Chickasaw, Alabama), whose pilot experienced come to be disoriented in major fog.
The collision compelled the bridge roughly three toes out of alignment and severely kinked the monitor.
At roughly 2:53 AM,[one] Amtrak’s Sunset Constrained educate, driven by three locomotives (just one GE Genesis P40DC range 819 and two EMD F40PHs, quantities 262 and 312) en route from Los Angeles, California to Orlando, Florida with 220 passengers and crew aboard, crossed the bridge at higher pace and derailed at the kink.
The locomotives slammed into the bridge superstructure, producing its destruction. The lead locomotive embedded itself nose-first into the canal bank and the other locomotives, as effectively as the baggage automobile, dormitory automobile and two of the six passenger automobiles, plunged into the water.
The locomotives’ gasoline tanks, every single of which held a number …