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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-76-006
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Synopsis: ABOUT 11:00 P.M. ON JUNE 6, 1975, THREE FREIGHT TRAINS OF THE CENTRAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY (PC) WERE INVOLVED IN A COLLISION NEAR LEETONIA, OHIO. EXTRA 6330 WEST COLLIDED WITH THE REAR OF STANDING EXTRA 2278 WEST. IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER, EXTRA 6259 EAST, WHICH WAS ON AN ADJACENT TRACK, STRUCK THE WRECKED CARS FROM THE OTHER TWO TRAINS. ONE EMPLOYEE WAS KILLED AND SEVEN OTHERS WERE INJURED. PROPERTY DAMAGE AMOUNTED TO ABOUT $1.25 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION: PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO PROHIBIT TRAINS FROM OPERATING IN OCCUPIED BLOCKS EXCEPT THROUGH THE AUTHORITY OF A TRAIN ORDER OR BY SOME OTHER PROCEDURE WITH SIMILAR SAFEGUARDS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Leetonia, OH, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79805
Accident Reports: Penn Central Transportation Company Train Collisions
Report #: RAR-76-02
Accident Date: 6/6/1975
Issue Date: 2/17/1976
Date Closed: 7/6/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FRA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 8/18/1978
Response: Closed--Unacceptable Action on July 6, 1978

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/25/1977
Response: LTR., FROM THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION TO THE CHAIRMAN STA THE REPORT IS RECEIVING CAREFUL CONSIDERATION BY THE DEPARTMENT'S ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT, SAFETY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS. ITHAS ALSO BEEN BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF OTHER APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENTAL OFFICIALS. APRIL 6, 1976 LTR., FROM FRA TO THE CHAIRMANSTATING: THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF REVIEWING THIS REPORT AND WILL FURNISH YOU THEIR COMMENTS PROMPTLY ON COMPLETION OF THEIR REVIEW. NOVEMBER 25, 1977 RESPONSE FROM FRA. FRA HAS ANALYZED REAR-END COLLISION DATA FOR TEN YEAR PERIOD OF 1965-1974. THE MAJORITY OF REAR-END COLLISIONS INVESTIGATED WERE CAUSED BY HUMAN FAILURE. THE FAILURES INDICATES A NEED FOR THE TRAINING AND TESTING OF OPERATING PERSONNEL TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH EXISTING OPERATING RULES RATHER THAN A NEED FOR ADDITIONAL REGULATION TO PROHIBIT TRAIN OPERATION INOCCUPIED BLOCK BLOCKS. FRA IS ANALYZING TRAINING AND TESTING DATA SUBMITTED UNDER PART 217 RAILROAD OPERATING RULES. WHEN ANALYSIS IS COMPLETE, FRA WILL DETERMINE REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO ENSURE ADEQUATE CARRIER PROGRAMS. ALSO THE RECENT REGULATION CONCERNING CONSPICUOUS MARKERS FOR REAR ENDS OF ALL TRAINS REDUCES THE LIKELIHOOD OF REAR-END COLLISIONS, BOTH WITHIN AND WITHOUT OCCUPIED BLOCKS. "FRA BELIEVES THESE ACTIONS NEGATE THE NEED FOR A REGULATIONPROHIBITING TRAINS FROM OPERATING IN OCCUPIED BLOCKS.

From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 10/27/1977
Response: On March 25, 1976, the NTSB issued Safety Recommendations R-76-6 through R-76-9 to the Federal Railroad Administration. These recommendations were also contained in NTSB report RAR-76-2, Appendix D. On April 6, 1976, Federal Railroad Administrator A.H. Hall advised the Safety Board that the FRA was in the process of reviewing the report, which dealt with the Penn Central collisions at Leetonia, Ohio, on June 6, 1975, and would furnish the Safety Board their comments promptly on completion of their review. To date, there has been no followup response.