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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-79-077
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Synopsis: ON OCTOBER 12, 1979, AMTRAK PASSENGER TRAIN NO. 392, CONSISTING OF ONE LOCOMOTIVE UNIT AND FIVE COACHES, APPROACHED HARVEY, ILLINOIS, AT A SPEED OF 65 MPH WHERE IT WAS DIVERTED FROM TRACK NO. 4 TO TRACK NO. 3 AND COLLIDED WITH THE STANDING ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD COMPANY (ICG) FREIGHT TRAIN NO. 51, CONSISTING OF 3 LOCOMOTIVE UNITS, 40 CARS, AND A CABOOSE. THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE FIRST LOCOMOTIVE UNIT OF TRAIN NO. 51 WAS SHEARED FROM ITS BED WHEN THE UNIT WAS SHOVED UNDER THE SECOND UNIT AT IMPACT. THE LOCOMOTIVE AND FIRST CAR OF THE PASSENGER TRAIN (NO. 392) WERE TURNED ONTO THEIR SIDES. THE ENGINEER AND FRONT BRAKEMAN OF TRAIN NO. 51 WERE KILLED; THE ENGINEER, FIREMAN, OTHER CREWMEMBERS, AND 51 PASSENGERS ON TRAIN NO. 392 WERE INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD COMPANY: IMMEDIATELY QUALIFY ALL SWITCHMEN/BRAKEMEN WHO FUNCTION AS SWITCHTENDERS BY PROVIDING SUFFICIENT TRAINING IN THE SPECIFIC RULES THAT APPLY TO SWITCHTENDERS, IN THE PHYSICAL LAYOUT OF TRACKS AND SWITCHES, AND IN TRAIN OPERATIONS IN THE AREA OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Harvey, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79973
Accident Reports: Head End Collision of Amtrak Train No. 392 and ICG Train No. 51
Report #: RAR-80-03
Accident Date: 10/12/1979
Issue Date: 12/13/1979
Date Closed: 7/16/1980
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Illinois Central Railroad Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Illinois Central Railroad Company
Date: 7/16/1980
Response: The Safety Board is pleased that the safety training program for new Chicago Division Transportation Department employees has been redesigned-particularly the part of the program which provides a full-day of safety refresher training for all Chicago Division brakemen and switchmen with less than 18 months ICG service as well as a performance evaluation of each employee. Recommendation R-79-77 will be classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Illinois Central Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 4/30/1980
Response: ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD LTR: A FULL-DAY PROGRAM OF SAFETY REFRESHER TRAINING HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED FOR ALL CHICAGO DIVISION BRAKEMEN AND SWITCHMEN WITH LESS THAN 18 MONTHS ICG SERVICE. OPERATING RULES AND PROCEDURES AS WELL AS SAFETY RULES WERE STRESSED IN THESE REMEDIAL SESSIONS. A PERFORMANCE EVALUATION WAS COMPLETED ON EACH EMPLOYEE.