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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-018
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Synopsis: ON OCTOBER 12, 1979, NORTHBOUND AMTRAK PASSENGER TRAIN NO. 392 WAS TRAVELING AT 58.5 MPH ON TRACK NO. 4 AT HARVEY, ILLINOIS. ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF FREIGHT TRAIN NO. 51 WAS WAITING ON TRACK NO. 3 TO CROSSOVER TO TRACK NO. 4 AFTER TRAIN NO. 392 WENT NORTH. THE SWITCHTENDER ON DUTY AT HARVEY ALIGNED THE CROSSOVER SWITCH ON TRACK NO. 4 SECONDS BEFORE TRAIN NO. 392 ARRIVED. TRAIN NO. 392 ENTERED THE CROSSOVER AND STRUCK TRAIN NO. 51. THE ENGINEER AND HEAD BRAKEMAN OF TRAIN NO. 51 WERE KILLED, AND ALL 6 CREWMEMBERS AND 38 PASSENGERS ON TRAIN NO. 392 WERE INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD COMPANY: WHEN RADIOS WITH MULTIPLE CHANNELS ARE USED IN TRAIN OPERATIONS BY EMPLOYEES WHO MUST USE SEVERAL CHANNELS, ISSUE INSTRUCTIONS THAT IDENTIFY THE CHANNEL THE EMPLOYEE MUST MONITOR FOR RECEIVING INSTRUCTIONS.
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: 4/21/1980
Date Closed: 1/30/1981
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Illinois Central Railroad Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Illinois Central Railroad Company
Date: 1/30/1981
Response:

From: Illinois Central Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 8/8/1980
Response: ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD LTR: THE SWITCHTENDER IS REQUIRED TO WORK ON CHANNEL 1 ONLY. ANY ASSIGNMENT TRYING TO REACH THE SWITCHTENDER WILL HAVE TO DO SO ON THAT CHANNEL. HE MUST, ACCORDING TO THE OPERATING RULES, MOVE TRAINS AND ENGINES THROUGH THE HARVEY AREA BY HAND SIGNALS ONLY, AND NOT THROUGH THE USE OF RADIO COMMUNICATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: Illinois Central Railroad Company
Date: 7/16/1980
Response:

From: Illinois Central Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 4/30/1980
Response: ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD LTR: RADIO CHANNEL SELECTION IS COORDINATED BETWEEN INTERESTED PARTIES PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT OF DUTY--YARDMASTER-ENGINEER-ENGINE FOREMAN.