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Western Railroad Company (D&RGW) switch crew was switching 17 cars in the D&RGW's North Yard at Denver, Colorado, when a coupler broke on the 4th ear, leading to an undetected separation of 150 feet between the 3rd and 4th cars. The engineer, responding to a hand lamp signal from the foreman, accelerated the locomotive, with a caboose, an empty freight car, and a loaded tank car coupled ahead. The loaded tank car impacted a fourth car at a speed of about 10-12 mph. Upon impact, the end sill ofdoi:10.21949/1510234 fatcat:hbx5medb5vbedjctv6ieh5csru