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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-72-037
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Synopsis: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD'S CONTINUING INVESTIG OF THE COLLISION OF TWO ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD (ICGRR) COMMUTER TRAINS AT THE 27TH STREET STATION IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ON OCTOBER 30, 1972, HAS REVEALED SEVERAL IMPORTANT SAFETY PROBLEMS.ALTHOUGH THE SAFETY BOARD HAS NOT ESTABLISHED FINALLY THE ROLE THESE PROBLEMS PLAYED IN CAUSING THE COLLISION AND IN CONTRIBUTING TO THE FATALITIES, THE PROBLEMS ARE INVOLVED SUFFICIENTLY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CORRECTIVE ACTION TO PREVENT SIMILAR ACCIDENTS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD AND THE CHICAGO SOUTH SUBURBAN MASS TRANSIT DISTRICT: INSTALL ATTENTION-GETTING MARKER LIGHTS, WHICH ARE EFFECTIVE IN ALL LIGHT CONDITIONS, AND PROVIDE DEFINITIVE ATTENTION-GETTING COLORED MARKINGS AT THE ENDS OF TRAINS MADE UP OF HIGHLINER CARS. THESE ACTIONS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ALSO FOR OTHER COMMUTER PASSENGER CARS OF GENERALLY DARK COLORATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80002
Accident Reports: Collision of Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Commuter Trains
Report #: RAR-73-05
Accident Date: 10/30/1972
Issue Date: 11/20/1972
Date Closed: 11/17/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Illinois Central Railroad Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: Illinois Central Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 1/22/1973
Response: PRESIDENT ILLINOIS CENTRAL UP DATES BOARD ON PROGRESS OF RECOMMENDATIONS. NO FURTHER RESPONSE LISTED, FILES INCOMPLETE.