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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-69-012
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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 NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: STUDY MEANS OF IMPROVING THE TRAINING METHODS AVAILABLE TO LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS SO THAT THEY CAN UPGRADE THEIR SKILLS IN THEIR HANDLING OF EMERGENCIES CREATED BY THE INCREASING TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. THE PROBLEMS OF CONTROLLING SUCH ACCIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY TROUBLESOME BECAUSE OF THE DAILY INTRODUCTION INTO COMMERCE OF NUMEROUS NEW KINDS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. THE BOARD BELIEVES THAT LOCAL EMERGENCY ORGANIZATIONS CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO BE CONVERSANT WITH NECESSARY PROCEDURES TO HANDLE SITUATIONS INVOLVING THE MANY POSSIBLE EMERGENCIES INVOLVING THE TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS UNLESS SOME FORM OF ASSISTANCE IN TRAINING IS PROVIDED SUCH AS A MODEL TYPE TRAINING COURSE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Railroad
Location: Dunreith, IN, United States
Is Reiterated: Yes
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Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: DOT (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: DOT
Date: 3/29/1972
Response: From the railroad accident report: Derailment of Toledo, Peoria, and Western Railroad Company’s train number 20 with resultant fire and tank car ruptures in Crescent City, Illinois on June 21, 1970. The Board adopted this report on 3/29/1972. The Safety Board reiterates and reemphasizes the following recommendations made in previous accident reports. Railroad accident report Pennsylvania Railroad Company Dunreith, Indiana on January 1, 1968: “The Board recommends that the Department of Transportation study means of improving the training methods available to local fire departments so that they can upgrade with skills in their handling of emergencies created by the increasing transportation of hazardous materials. The problem of controlling such accidents are especially troublesome because of the daily introduction into commerce of numerous new kinds of hazardous materials. The Board believes that local emergency organizations cannot be expected to be conversant with necessary procedures to handle situations involving the many possible emergencies involving the transportation of hazardous materials unless some form of assistance in training is provided such as a model type training course. From the Railroad accident report, Southern Railway Company, Laurel, Mississippi, January 25, 1969. “The Safety Board recommends that the Association of American Railroads and the American Short Line Railroad Association develop plans that will result in the fire chief of each community through which the track of a member road passes knowing where immediate information can be obtained, describing the location and any train involved in a train accident that affects a community. The recommendations can be accomplished in a relatively short time regardless of the level of training which may be achieved later by fire departments.

From: DOT
To: NTSB
Date: 2/6/1969
Response: DOT LTR: DOT ADVISED THAT RECOMMENDATIONS ARE BEING STUDIED BY FRA AND OFFICE OF THE ASST. SEC. FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY, PREPARATORY TO A DETAILED RESPONSE. 10/10/79 - FRA LTR: FRA STAFF AND FIELD PERSONNEL PARTICIPATE IN SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES WITH FIRE DEPARTMENTS, OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE ORGANIZATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, CARRIERS, AND SHIPPERS IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE APPLICABLE TRAINING OF SUCH PERSONNEL ENGAGED IN THE HANDLING OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INVOLVED IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.