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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-69-013
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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 FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION AMEND ITS REQUIREMENTS FOR THE REPORTING BY RAILROADS OF ACCIDENTS TO INCLUDE THE IMMEDIATE REPORTING OF ANY ACCIDENT INVOLVING CARS CONTAINING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WHICH CONSTITUTES A CURRENT OR POTENTIAL HAZARD TO THE CARRIER, THE PASSENGERS, ITS PERSONNEL, OR THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
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 - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 11/20/1969
Response:

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/4/1969
Response: FRA LTR: THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION CONCURS IN THIS RECOMMENDATION. ON MAY 6, 1969, A MEMORANDUM WAS TRANSMITTED FROM FRA TO THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATIONS BOARD, REQUESTING THE AMENDMENT OF 49 CFR, SECTIONS 174.506 AND 174.508, TO ADD THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION AS A PARTY TO THESE SECTIONS.