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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-72-023
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Synopsis: TRAIN NO. 20, AN EASTBOUND FREIGHT TRAIN OF THE TOLEDO, PEORIA AND WESTERN RAILROAD COMPANY, CONSISTING OF A FOUR-UNIT DIESEL- ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE AND 109 CARS DERAILED THE 20TH TO THE 34TH CARS, INCLUSIVE, AT THE WEST SWITCH OF THE SIDING IN CRESCENT CITY, ILLINOIS, AT ABOUT 6:30 A.M. ON JUNE 21, 1970. INCLUDED IN THE 15 DERAILED CARS WERE NINE TANK CARS LOADED WITH LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS. DURING THE DERAILMENT ONE OF THE TANK CARS WAS PUNCTURED, AND THE LEAKING PROPANE WAS IMMEDIATELY IGNITED, ENGULFING THE OTHER TANK CARS IN THE FIRE. A SERIES OF EXPLOSIONS OF THE REMAINING TANK CARS OCCURRED, BEGINNING ABOUT 1 HOUR FOLLOWING THE DERAILMENT, RESULTING IN THE INJURY OF 66 PERSONS AND THE DESTRUCTION OF A NUMBER OF BUILDINGS WITHIN THE TOWN OF CRESCENT CITY.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION: PROMPTLY PUBLISH THEIR CURRENT STUDY OF THE FAILURE OF FREIGHT CAR JOURNALS, AND IF NECESSARY, CONTINUE SUCH STUDIES SO THAT REGULATIONS CAN BE PROMULGATED TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS FOR FREIGHT CAR JOURNALS AND THEIR MAINTENANCE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Crescent City, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79765
Accident Reports: Derailment of Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad Company's Train No. 20 with Resultant Fire and Tank Car Ruptures
Report #: RAR-72-02
Accident Date: 6/21/1970
Issue Date: 3/29/1972
Date Closed: 11/17/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FRA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/16/1972
Response: LETTER FROM JOHN W. INGRAM, ADMINISTRATOR OF FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION COMMENTING ON REPORT. "THE REPORT OF THE AFORESAID STUDY IS NOW UNDERGOING THE APPROVAL PROCESS REQUIRED BEFORE PUBLICATION FOR RELEASE TO THE PUBLIC. THE MATTER OF FREIGHT-CAR JOURNAL FAILURES WILL REMAIN UNDER CONTINUAL STUDY SO THAT APPROPRIATE ACTION MAY BE TAKEN WHEN NECESSARY. IN THIS CONNECTION, THE FRA HAS HAD TWELVE OF ITS PERSONNEL GIVEN SPECIAL TRAINING IN THE APPLICATION OPERATION, AND RECONDITIONING OF JOURNAL ROLLER BEARINGS." NOVEMBER 10, 1972 FRA TRANSMITS JOURNAL FAILURE REPORT DATED OCTOBER 1972 TO NTSB.JANUARY 16, 1973 LETTER FROM AAR TRANSMITTING RAILROAD SAFETY RESEARCH STATUS REPORT TO THE SAFETY BOARD. THE STUDYOF FREIGHT CAR JOURNALS IS OF CONTINUING CONCERN TO THE AAR.