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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-70-019
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Synopsis: ABOUT 8:20 P.M. ON AUGUST 20, 1969, PENN CENTRAL COMMUTER TRAIN-48 AND N-49 COLLIDED HEAD-ON JUST NORTH OF THE HOYT STREET CROSSING ON THE NEW CANAAN BRANCH NEAR DARIEN, CONNECTICUT. TRAIN N-48, GOING FROM STAMFORD TO NEW CANAAN, HAD A THREE-MAN CREW AND ABOUT 60 TO 80 PASSENGERS. THE FIRST CAR IN TRAIN N-48 HAD BEEN CLOSED TO REVENUE PASSENGERS BEFORE IT LEFT STAMFORD. TRAIN N-49, A DEADHEAD EQUIPMENT TRAIN FROM NEW CANAAN TO STAMFORD, HAD A THREE-MAN CREW AND WAS CARRYING A CAR INSPECTOR AND AN ELECTRICIAN WHO HAD PERFORMED SERVICE AT NEW CANAAN AND WERE RETURNING TO STAMFORD, STILL ON DUTY. A PASSENGER, WHO WAS RIDING WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION IN THE HEAD CAR OF N-48, AND THE ENGINEER WERE KILLED.THE CONDUCTOR, FLAGMAN, AND ABOUT 40 PASSENGERS WERE INJURED. THE CONDUCTOR AND FLAGMAN ON TRAIN N-49 WERE KILLED AND THE ENGINEER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. THE HEAD CARS OF BOTH TRAINS WERE ALMOST COMPLETELY DESTROYED; OTHER CARS WERE LESS SEVERLY DAMAGED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE PENN CENTRAL COMPANY: REVIEW ITS OPERATING RULES AND ITS INTERPRETATION OF SUCH RULES, AS THEY APPLIED TO THIS ACCIDENT, TO ASSURE THAT OPERATIONS OF THIS TYPE ARE ADEQUATELY PROTECTED. IT IS FURTHER RECOMMENDED THAT THE PENN CENTRAL COMPANY TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION TO INSURE THAT ITS EMPLOYEES COMPLY WITH THE COMPANY'S OPERATING RULES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Railroad
Location: Darien, CT, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
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Accident Date: 8/20/1969
Issue Date: 10/23/1970
Date Closed: 11/17/1975
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