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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-019
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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: INSTRUCT SUPERVISORS TO MONITOR THE ACTIVITIES OF THE EMPLOYEES PERFORMING THE SWITCHTENDER DUTIES AT HARVEY FOR FITNESS AND ABILITY TO PERFORM THOSE DUTIES OF THE ASSIGNMENT.
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)
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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: REMEDIAL TRAINING WAS GIVEN SWITCHTENDERS AND ALL NEW EMPLOYEES NOW RECEIVE SUCH TRAINING. OUR OFFICERS ALSO MONITOR PERFORMANCE OF THE SWITCHTENDERS WHILE CONDUCTING EFFICIENCY TESTS. ADDITIONALLY; UNANNOUNCED CHECKS ARE MADE IN ORDER TO EVALUATE THE SWITCHTENDERS DAILY PERFORMANCE.

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: EMPLOYEE SAFETY PERFORMANCE AUDITS AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT RULE EFFICIENCY TESTS ARE CONDUCTED AT REGULAR INTERVALS BY DIVISION OFFICERS, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION FOCUSED ON NEW EMPLOYEES TO ASCERTAIN EMPLOYEE FITNESS AND ABILITY.