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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-69-014
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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 SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: UNDERTAKE A STUDY OF THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ADVISORY DATA CENTER. IT IS ENVISIONED THAT SUCH A NATIONAL DATA CENTER, THROUGH THE USE OF COMPUTER-STORED DATA WOULD BE ABLE TO FURNISH EMERGENCY INFORMATION ON FLAMMABLE, EXPLOSIVE, HIGHLY REACTIVE, AND POISONOUS SUBSTANCES, AND LOCALLY AVAILABLE SOURCES OF EXPERTISE AND SPECIALIZED EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT ON A 24-HOUR-A-DAY BASIS. THE BOARD IS OF THE OPINION THAT SUCH DATA CENTER IS NOW NECESSARY TO AID FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES FACED WITH THE VARIED AND COMPLEX PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN COMBATING ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL DISASTERS INVOLVING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.
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: DOT (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
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.