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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-01-035
Synopsis: This recommendation addresses the lack of low-clearance warning signs. The recommendation is derived from the Safety Board's investigation of the January 28, 2000, tractor-combination vehicle and train collision in Glendale, California, and is consistent with the evidence we found and the analysis we performed. As a result of this investigation, the Safety Board has issued eight safety recommendations, one of which is addressed to the city of Glendale, California. Information supporting this recommendation is discussed below. The Safety Board would appreciate a response from you within 90 days addressing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement our recommendation.
Recommendation: The NTSB recommends that the city of Glendale, California: Install low-clearance highway-railroad grade crossing signs (W10-5s) at the Grandview Avenue crossing and evaluate other crossings to determine whether the signs are warranted and, if so, install them.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Glendale, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: HWY00FH027
Accident Reports: Collision Between Metrolink Train 901 and Mercury Transportation, Inc., Tractor- Semitrailer at Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing
Report #: HAR-01-02
Accident Date: 1/28/2000
Issue Date: 12/20/2001
Date Closed: 5/17/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of California, City of Glendale (Closed - Acceptable Action)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of California, City of Glendale
Date: 5/17/2002
Response: Mr. Baghdanian indicates that the recommended signs were installed on December 28, 2001, at the railroad grade crossing on Grandview Avenue. Per our discussion with Mr. Vu of your staff on April 8, 2002, all other grade crossings have been inspected and were found not to warrant these signs. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation H-01-35 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: State of California, City of Glendale
Date: 1/31/2002
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 03/01/2002 4:01:15 PM MC# 2020225 Thank you for your recent letter dated December 20, 2001 regarding the recommendation to install the "Low-ground Clearance Warning Highway-railroad Grade Crossing" sign (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), WlO-5) at the railroad crossing on Grandview Avenue just west of San Fernando Road in the City of Glendale, California. We are pleased to inform you that the signs were installed on December 28, 2001. Attached is a copy of the work order for your file. Thank you for taking the time and bringing your concerns to our attention. If you have any questions, please contact Khang Vu at (818) 548-3960, ext. 8372.