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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-76-009
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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: CONTINUE THE INVESTIGATION OF THE CRASHWORTHINESS OF LOCOMOTIVE CABS WITH EMPHASIS ON PERSONNEL SAFETY AND CONSIDERATION OF READILY ACCESSIBLE CRASH REFUGE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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 Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 8/18/1978
Response: Closed--Acceptable Action on July 6, 1978

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/25/1977
Response: LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION TO THE CHAIRMAN ST 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 LETTER 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 OFFICE OF RAIL SAFETY RESEARCH, TOGETHER WITH THE STAFF OF TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CONTROL (TSC), CONTINUES ITS ON-GOING INVESTIGATION OF THE CRASHWORTHINESS OF LOCOMOTIVE CABS IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE THE HAZARDS FACED BY CAB OCCUPANTS DURING COLLISION ACCIDENTS. THIS WORK HAS FOCUSSED ON CONTROL OF OVERRIDE FOR IMPACT SPEEDS LESS THAN ABOUT 12 MPH AND FORHIGHER IMPACT SPEEDS, WHERE COMPONENT FAILURE RENDERS SUCH CONTROL INFEASIBLE, ON DIRECT MEASURES FOR INTRUSION PROTECTION." .... FRA AND TSC ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS RESEARCH ACTIVITY AND HAVE ESTABLISHED LINES OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE ABOVE PARTIES.(TRADE, UNION, AND INDUSTRY) SO INTERIM RESULTS AND DECISIONS ARE DISCUSSED WITHIN THE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY."

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.