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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-69-010
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Synopsis: ABOUT 9:30 P.M., JANUARY 1, 1968, PENNSYLVANIA WESTBOUND FREIGHT TRAIN PR-11A, CONSISTING OF 98 CARS AND A FIVE-UNIT DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE, WAS PASSING DUNREITH, INDIANA, AT 42 MILES PER HOUR WHEN THE TRAILING WHEELS OF THE 88TH CAR, AN EMPTY TANK CAR, AESX 850, DERAILED AT A BROKEN RAIL NEAR THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE TOWN. AT THE SAME TIME, EASTBOUND FREIGHT TRAIN SW-6, CONSISTING OF A FIVE-UNIT DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE AND 106 CARS, WAS MOVING EASTWARD AT 32 MILES PER HOUR ON THE ADJACENT TRACK.
Recommendation: THE BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION: REVIEW AND CORRECT THE APPLICABLE REGULATIONS TO PROVIDE MARKINGS AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS WHICH CAN SURVIVE A FIRE AND WHICH CAN BE IDENTIFIED FROM A DISTANCE DURING FIRE AND SMOKE (SUCH AS A LARGE SILHOUETTE OR SEE-THROUGH). SUCH MARKINGS SHOULD BE LEGIBLE TO INFORM CONSTRUCTIVE ACTIONS BY PERSONS LOOKING FOR THEM IN CASES OF LEAKAGE, THREAT OF FIRE, OR DURING A FIRE. THE PROBLEM OF INSUFFICIENT DATA RELATIVE TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ON THE MANIFESTS AND NOTICES TO THE CREW SHOULD BE REVIEWED AND APPROPRIATE ACTION TAKEN TO ESTABLISH A SYSTEM THAT WILL PROVIDE THOSE REQUIRING IT WITH THE NECESSARY INFORMATION TO INITIATE CORRECTIVE ACTION IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Railroad
Location: Dunreith, IN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79780
Accident Reports: ​Pennsylvania Railroad, Train PR-11A, Extra 2210 West and Train SW-6, Extra 2217 East, Derailment and Collision
Report #: RAR-68-03
Accident Date: 1/1/1968
Issue Date: 12/18/1968
Date Closed: 11/17/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FRA (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 11/20/1969
Response:

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/4/1969
Response: FRA LTR: IT DOES NOT APPEAR FEASIBLE TO PROVIDE MARKINGS ON THE ENDS AND SIDES OF CARS THAT WILL SURVIVE A FIRE AND WHICH WILL BE DISCERNIBLE AT A DISTANCE WHEN VIEWED THROUGH FIRE AND SMOKE, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT IS DARK. THE DEPARTMENT IN COOPERATION WITH INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS, SUCH AS THE MANUFACTURING CHEMISTS ASSOCIATION, IS ENDEAVORING TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM OF THE LACK OF SUFFICIENT DATA ACCOMPANING SHIPMENTS. 10/10/74 - FRA LTR: ISSUED ON APRIL 3, 1972, DOCKET NO. HM-101 (MARKINGS ON TANK CARS). THIS NOTICE WOULD PROVIDE FOR SPECIFIC DETAIL COMMODITY MARKINGS ON TANK CAR TANKS TO PROVIDE IDENTITY FROM A SAFE DISTANCE PARTICULARLY DURING ACCIDENT SITUATIONS INVOLVING TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. THE REGULATIONS HAVE NOT YET BEEN AMENDED, BECAUSE DOCKET HM-103 (HAZARDS INFORMATION SYSTEM), ISSUED DECEMBER 21, 1973, WOULD AMEND ALL MARKING REGULATIONS INCLUDING THAT WHEN REQUIRED BY PART 173 OF THE CFR, TANK CARS USED TO TRANSPORT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MUST BE MARKED WITH THE COMMODITY NAME IN LETTERS AT LEAST SIX INCHES HIGH. REORGANIZATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL REGULATIONS (HM-112) WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DATA FOR USE IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.