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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-75-031
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Synopsis: ABOUT 7:55 A.M. E.D.T., ON OCTOBER 23, 1974, A POLK DISTRICT SCHOOLBUS CARRYING 87 STUDENTS WAS STRUCK ON A GRADE CROSSING IN ARAGON, GEORGIA, BY THE CABOOSE OF A SOUTHERN RAILWAY SYSTEM WORK TRAIN. THE TRAIN, WHICH CONSISTED OF A LOCOMOTIVE AND 12 CARS, WAS BACKING THROUGH THE CROSSING. FAILING TO STOP AT OR NEAR THE POINT OF IMPACT, THE TRAIN PUSHED THE SCHOOLBUS 315 FEET DOWN THE TRACK. DURING THE MOVEMENT THE CABOOSE OVERRODE THE BUS AS THAT VEHICLE ROLLED ONTO ITS ROOF. THE ROOF OF THE BUS WAS CRUSHED TO THE LEVEL OF THE SEAT TOPS. THERE WERE NO EJECTIONS OR FIRE. SEVEN OF THE OCCUPANTS OF THE BUS WERE KILLED. THE BUSDRIVER AND 71 OF THE STUDENTS WERE KNOWN TO BE INJURED. NONE OF THE OCCUPANTS OF THE TRAIN WERE INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION: PROMULGATE REGULATIONS GOVERNING RAILROAD OPERATING RULES FOR THE USE OF RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AND FLAGGING WHEN TRAINS ARE BEING PUSHED (SHOVED) ACROSS GRADE CROSSINGS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Aragon, GA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80181
Accident Reports: ​Collision of the Southern Railway Work Train with a Polk District Schoolbus
Report #: RHR-75-1
Accident Date: 10/23/1974
Issue Date: 7/16/1975
Date Closed: 2/2/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FRA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/6/1975
Response: JANUARY 27, 1977 FINAL RULE WAS PUBLISHED IN FEDERAL REGISTER, VOLUME 42, NO. 18, JANUARY 27, 1977, WHICH PROMULGATED REGULATIONS GOVERNING RAILROAD OPERATING RULES. THE FINAL RULE AMENDED CHAPTER II OF TITLE 49 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS BY ADDING NEW PART 220, RADIO STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES, WHICH BECAME EFFECTIVE ON AUGUST 1, 1977. SECTION 220.49 GOVERNS THE USE OF RADIO COMMUNICATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE SWITCHING, BACKING OR PUSHING OF TRAIN, ENGINE, OR CAR. WHILE GRADE CROSSING MOVEMENTS ARE NOT SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSED, FRA INTENDS THIS SECTION TO APPLY TO SWITCHING, BACKING OR PUSHING AT ALL LOCATIONS.