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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-75-034
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Synopsis: AT ABOUT 8:19 A.M., ON JANUARY 2, 1975, PENN CENTRAL COMMUTER NO. 528 PASSED A "STOP-AND-PROCEED" SIGNAL WITHOUT STOPPING AND COLLIDED WITH THE REAR END OF COMMUTER TRAIN 526 AT BOTANICAL GARDEN STATION IN NEW YORK CITY. FOUR CARS OF TRAIN 526 WERE DERAILED; HOWEVER, DAMAGE TO CARS OF BOTH TRAINS WAS MINIMAL. TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FIVE PASSENGERS AND EMPLOYEES WERE INJURED. THREE OF THE INJURED PERSONS WERE ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL AND THE OTHERS WERE TREATED AND RELEASED. THERE WERE 34 FRACTURES, 75 WHIPLASH INJURIES, 51 NOSE LACERATIONS, AND MANY OTHER FACIAL LACERATIONS. THE TRAINS WERE THOSE OF THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (MTA), WHICH WERE BEING OPERATED BY THE PENN CENTRAL UNDER CONTRACT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY: REQUIRE THE PENN CENTRAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY TO ESTABLISH PROCEDURES TO ASSURE THAT ALL TRAIN PERSONNEL OPERATING MTA COMMUTER TRAINS COMPLY WITH THE COMPANY REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80013
Accident Reports: Collision of Two Penn Central Commuter Trains at Botanical Garden Station
Report #: RAR-75-08
Accident Date: 1/2/1975
Issue Date: 7/16/1975
Date Closed: 7/6/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
Date: 8/18/1978
Response: This recommendation (R-75-34) was classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
Date: 11/2/1977
Response: On July 19, 1976, Chairman Yunich responded to a Safety Board letter which related to our Safety Recommendation R-75-34 concerning physical examinations of train personnel. Mr. Yunich advised that he was then seeking confirmation from Mr. R.D. Spence, President of Consolidated Rail Corporation, that the carrier had established procedures for such physical examinations. The Safety Board would appreciate your early response as to whether the examination procedure has been placed in operational status.

From: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
To: NTSB
Date: 10/1/1975
Response: LTR., FROM PRESIDENT OF PENN CENTRAL TO THE CHAIRMAN ACKNOWLED RECEIPT OF RECOMMENTATION AND ADVISING THAT THEY ARE PROGRAMMING A COMPUTERIZED PERSONNEL RECORD SYSTEM WHICH INCLUDES 30-DAY PRIOR NOTICE TO EMPLOYEE (AND HIS SUPERVISOR) OF PHYSICAL EXAMINATION DUE DATE. THE SYSTEM IS SCHEDULED TO BECOME OPERATIONAL 1/1/76 AND WILL ALSO INCLUDE RECORD OF EXAMINATIONS ON RULES, AIR BRAKES, AND EFFICIENCY CHECKS OF RULES COMPLIANCE. "WE BELIEVE THIS SYSTEM TO BE WELL-DESIGNED AND CAPABLE OF PROMPT EXPANSION TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONRAIL." JULY 19, 1976 LTR., FROM CHAIRMAN, METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY TO CHAIRMAN, NTSB: "..........ESTABLISHMENT OF THESE PROCEDURES WAS RECOMMENDED BY MTA'S SPECIAL BOARD OF INQUIRY......FEBRUARY 5, 1975." NOTE IS TAKEN OF PENN CENTRAL'S RESPONSE OF 10/1/75, AND COPY OF MTA'S LETTER OF 7/19/76 TO THE PRESIDENT, CONRAIL ASKING FOR CONFIRMATION THAT THE PC SYSTEM OF PERSONNEL RECORDS HAS BECOME OPERATIONAL AND IS BEING KEPT CURRENT. DEC. 14, 1977 LTR. FROM MTA ADVISING THAT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION PROCEDURE IS IN EFFECT "STRIVING...TOINSURE THAT ALL EMPLOYEES REQUIRED TAKE THEIR EXAMINATIONS WHEN DUE."