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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-75-035
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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: MAKE SUCH ALTERATIONS TO THE INTERIORS OF THE EXISTING M-1 COMMUTER CARS AS ARE NECESSARY TO CORRECT THE INJURY-PRODUCING FEATURES OF THE CAR DESIGN DISCUSSED IN THIS REPORT. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: Yes
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: 2/2/1978
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: 5/19/1977
Response: From the railroad accident report of the Collision of two Consolidated Railroad Corporation commuter trains in New Canaan, Connecticut on July 13, 1976. The Board adopted this report on 5/19/1977. The Safety Board also reiterates the following recommendation, which was made to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority following the investigation of the commuter train collision at Botanical Garden Station in New York City on January 2, 1975: “Make sure alterations to the interiors of the existing M-1 commuter cars as are necessary to correct the injury-producing features of the car design discussed in this report.” R-75-035.

From: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
To: NTSB
Date: 7/19/1976
Response: LTR., FROM THE CHAIRMAN, MTA, TO THE CHAIRMAN, NTSB: CAREFUL STUDIES HAVE BEEN MADE RESULTING IN NEW DESIGNS OF ENERGY-ABSORBING SEAT BACK PADDING AND GRAB BARS. THE MATERIAL WILL BE DELIVERED BY THE END OF AUGUST 1976 AND THE M-1 CARS WILL BE REFITTED WITH PADDING AND BARS BY THE END OF 1976. AUGUST 11, 1977 LTR., FROM CHAIRMAN, MTA, SAFETY PADS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED ON THE SEAT BACKS ON ALL M-1 CARS NOW IN SERVICE ON THE HARLEM AND HUDSON LINKS OPERATED FOR MTA BY CONRAIL.