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Poor vision blamed for Goodwell train crash

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GOODWELL, Okla. – Poor eyesight could be to blame for a train accident in the Panhandle last June.

A doctor told the Federal Oversight Board the engineer driving the train suffered from serious vision problems.

The doctor said the man was colorblind, he couldn’t tell the difference between the red and green signals.

That engineer and two railroad workers were killed when two freight trains collided and caused about $15 million in damages.

The NTSB Safety Board voted 5-0 that the operator’s failing vision was the probable cause of that collision.

The Federal Railroad Administration does not require comprehensive medical screening. 

Instead, they rely on operators to self-report medical conditions to the company.