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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-77-010
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Synopsis: ABOUT 4:25 A.M., ON MAY 16, 1976, THE LOCOMOTIVE AND 27 CARS OF CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN FREIGHT TRAIN NO. 242 DERAILED AS THEY MOVED EASTWARD ON A 1 DEGREE 54' TO 2DEGREE 15' COMPOUND CURVE JUST WEST OF GLEN ELLYN, ILLINOIS. ANOTHER CNW FREIGHT TRAIN, NO. 380, WAS MOVING EASTWARD ON AN ADJACENT TRACK AT THE TIME AND STRUCK THE DERAILED CARS OF NO. 242; THE LOCOMOTIVE AND NINE CARS OF TRAIN NO. 380 DERAILED. THE TANKHEAD OF TRAIN NO. 380'S FIFTH CAR WAS PUNCTURED DURING THE DERAILMENT BY THE COUPLER OF AN ADJACENT CAR; THIS RELEASED AN HYDROUS AMMONIA INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. FOURTEEN PERSONS WERE INJURED AS A RESULT OF THE DERAILMENT AND RELEASE OF THE AMMONIA. DAMAGE FROM THE ACCIDENT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $1,914,600
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: REQUIRE THE CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY TO MAINTAIN ITS TRACKS TO THE SPECIFICATIONS OF THE FEDERAL TRACK STANDARDS FOR EACH CLASS AND NOT INCREASE TRAIN SPEEDS UNTIL IT IS DETERMINED THAT THE TRACK IS ADEQUATE FOR SUCH SPEEDS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79766
Accident Reports: Chicago and North Western Transportation Company, Freight Train Derailments and Collision
Report #: RAR-77-02
Accident Date: 5/16/1976
Issue Date: 4/21/1977
Date Closed: 6/11/1979
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: DOT (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: DOT
Date: 6/11/1979
Response: We have reviewed the accident and related recommendation files, and we are pleased to advise that your response to R-77-10 fulfills the objective of the recommendation. Accordingly, the National Transportation Safety Board has placed recommendation R-77-10 in a Closed-Acceptable Action status.

From: NTSB
To: DOT
Date: 3/12/1979
Response: The Safety Board recognizes the requirements of the Federal Track Regulations relating to maintenance responsibility and track inspections by both FRA and carrier personnel. We have noted, however, that in the subject accident, the trackage classified as Class 4 by the Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company (CNW) did not meet the standards of Class 1, the lowest track classification. Due to this disclosure, the Safety Board would appreciate assurance from the Federal Railroad Administration that the CNW has taken appropriate remedial action to maintain their trackage commensurate with the requirements of the track classes and authorizes maximum train speeds. In the meantime, R-77-10 will be kept in open status pending receipt of further information.