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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-76-007
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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: ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR AND REQUIRE CARRIERS TO ESTABLISH RADIO PROCEDURES TO INSURE THAT TRAINS WHICH STOP IN RESTRICTED VISIBILITY AREAS WILL NOTIFY BY RADIO OR FLAG TRAINS TO THE REAR.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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 - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 8/18/1978
Response: Closed--Acceptable Alternate 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. IT HAS ALSO BEEN BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF OTHER APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS. APRIL 6, 1976 LTR., FROM FRA TO THE CHAIRMAN STATING: 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 ISSUED A FINAL RULE CONCERNING THE USE OF RADIO COMMUNICATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH TRAIN OPERATIONS. A REGULATION THAT REQUIRES ALL CARRIERS TO HAVE TRAIN RADIOS FOR THE PURPOSE OF NOTIFYING A FOLLOWING TRAIN THAT A TRAIN AHEAD HAS STOPPED WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO JUSTIFY WHERE SIGNALS OR OTHER MEANS ARE PROVIDED TO FURNISH THE REQUIRED PROTECTION OR WHERETRAFFIC VOLUME DID NOT JUSTIFY THE EXPENDITURE. THE NEW REGULATION PART 220- RADIO STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES) DESCRIBES USE OF RADIOS INEMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THESE SITUATIONS ARE DERAILMENTS, COLLISIONS, STORMS, WASHOUTS, FIRES, OBSTRUCTION TO TRACKS AND OTHER HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. "FRA BELIEVES THAT THIS WORDING WILL ENABLE A RAILROAD EQUIPPED WITH RADIO TO UTILIZE IT FOR TRANSMISSIONS BETWEEN A STOPPED TRAIN AND A FOLLOWING TRAIN." "ALTHOUGH THE RADIO REGULATIONDOES NOT REQUIRE A CARRIER TO EQUIP ITSELF WITH RADIO TO ACHIEVE COMPLIANCE WITH THE REGULATION, IT DOES DETAIL MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES WHICH A CARRIER MUST FOLLOW IN UTILIZINGRADIO FOR BOTH ROUTINE AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS." ADDITIONALLY, PART 218.37 BECAME EFFECTIVE 8/1/77. THIS NEW PART REQUIRES FLAG PROTECTION TO THE REAR OF A TRAIN STOPPED ON THE MAIN TRACK OR MOVING AT ONE-HALF THE MAXIMUM AUTHORIZED SPEED.

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.