Dispatcher Error Led To Coal Mine Car Collision

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Associated Press

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Updated Fri, Sep 21, 2012 10:23 am

A preliminary report on a southeast Ohio coal mine rail car collision that injured five men indicates a dispatcher error and a blind spot were factors in the crash.

Two rail cars transporting miners collided Wednesday at a Buckingham Coal mine in Corning.
 
An Ohio Department of Natural Resources report found a dispatcher allowed a larger track vehicle to enter the mine before confirming a smaller track vehicle was out of the way.
 
They collided in a dip in the track that's a blind spot from both sides.
 
The report says track lighting may have kept operators of the vehicles from seeing each other's lights. The track lighting has been removed at the crash site, and the company plans to install extra safety measures there.
 
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