NTSB to determine cause of fatal 2015 New Mexico rail wreck

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An investigation has revealed the engineer involved in a deadly train crash did have marijuana in his system. However, investigators don’t believe it played a role in the crash.

A freight train collided with a parked train near Roswell in 2015.

The engineer was killed and a second crew member was seriously injured when they jumped from the train right before impact.

An investigation shows the crews of the parked train failed to reset a track switch before leaving for the day resulting in the collision.

While tests showed the engineer had marijuana in his system investigators say he did not show signs of impairment before the crash.

The investigation also shows the conductor had oxycodone in his system. It’s unclear if he had a prescription.

preliminary report said the moving train went through a misaligned switch and that the parked train’s crew went off duty about 20 minutes before the wreck and weren’t present when it happened.

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