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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-77-011
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Synopsis: ABOUT 4:25 A.M., ON MAY 16, 1976, THE LOCOMOTIVE AND 27 CARS O CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY'S (CNW) FREIGHT TRAIN NO. 242 DERAILED AS THEY MOVED AROUND A 1 DEGREE 54' TO 2 DEGREE 15' COMPOUND CURVE NEAR GLEN ELLYN, ILLINOIS. ANOTHER CNW FREIGHT TRAIN, NO. 380,WHICH WAS MOVING ON AN ADJACENT TRACK, COLLIDED WITH THE DERAILED CARS OF NO. 242; THE LOCOMOTIVE AND NINE CARS OF NO. 380 DERAILED. THE TANKHEAD OF NO. 380'S FIFTH CAR WAS PUNCTURED BY THE COUPLER OF ANOTHER CAR DURING THE DERAILMENT. THE TANK CAR'S ANHYDROUS AMMONIA CARGO ESCAPED. FIFTEEN PERSONS WERE INJURED AS A RESULT OF THE DERAILMENT AND RELEASE OF AMMONIA. DAMAGE FROM THE ACCIDENT AMOUNTEDTO $1,914,000.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY: MAINTAIN TRACKS TO THE SPECIFICATIONS OF THE FEDERAL TRACK SAFETY STANDARDS FOR EACH CLASS AND DO 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-77-2
Accident Date: 5/16/1976
Issue Date: 4/21/1977
Date Closed: 3/22/1979
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company
Date: 7/26/1978
Response: Our initial analysis of the scheduled track work indicates that the Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company (CNW) has taken corrective stops which fully implement Safety Board Recommendation R-77-11. We greatly appreciate CNW's intent to maintain trackage to proper FRA Track Safety Standards and to operate trains at speeds commensurate with track conditions. You will be advised of our final evaluation of your remedial actions when the Safety Board review has been completed.

From: Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company
To: NTSB
Date: 6/28/1978
Response: We do not feel there was sufficient evidence presented at the National Transportation Safety Board hearing covering the Glen Ellyn, Illinois derailment of May 16, 1976 to determine that the track conditions at the point of derailment did not meet FRA Standards for Class IV. Nevertheless, please be advised that we are completing a $22 million 4-R program which consists of 95.25 miles of new CWR, 82, 125 ties and 2,775 cars of ballast. In addition to this, we have made application for an additional $105.7 million for work starting July 1, 1978 and going through 1980 which would consist of 353.8 miles of new CWR 383,613 ties and 13,644 cars of ballast. We also have a track rehabilitation program with the Regional Transportation Authority costing $17 million and consists of 52.9 miles of CWR, 210,000 ties and 1,222 cars of ballast. This work is in addition to our own track programs which consists of 80 miles of CWR, 550,000 ties and 3,000 cars of ballast for 1978. As can be seen by the scale of work being done, we do intend to maintain our tracks to the proper FRA standards and will not increase train speeds until it is determined that the track is adequate for such speeds.