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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-020
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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 NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION: ENSURE THAT ALL CREWMEMBERS ON AMTRAK PASSENGER TRAINS ARE TRAINED TO IDENTIFY AND OPERATE ALL PERTINENT FEATURES OF THE EQUIPMENT.
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: 10/1/1980
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 10/1/1980
Response: Thank you for your letter of Hay 29, 1980, adviring of the action taken by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) in regard to the National Transportation Safety Boardts safety recommendation R-80-20. This recommendation was made as a result of the investigation of the collision of Amtrak Passenger train No. 392 with Illinois Central Gulf freight train No. 51 at Harvey, Illluola, on October 12, 1979. R-80-20 recommended that Amtrak ensure that all crewmembers on Amtrak passenger trains are trained to identify and operate all pertinent features of that equipment. The Safety Board is pleased that Amtrak ie training not only the on-board personnel but the operating crewmembars as well in the operation of the pertinent features of the equipment wed on Amtrak's passenger trains. This action satisfies the intent of safety recommendation R-80-20 and it will be classified "Closed-Acceptable Action.”

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 5/29/1980
Response: NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION LTR: AMTRAK PROVIDES ALL NEWLY HIRED ON-BOARD SERVICE PERSONNEL WITH BOTH CLASSROOM AND FIELD TRAINING ON ALL TYPES OF AMTRAK PASSENGER EQUIPMENT. THERE WERE 636 NEW EMPLOYEES TRAINING IN THIS PROGRAM IN FY 79 AND WE ANTICIPATE TRAINING AN ADDITIONAL 600 PEOPLE IN FY 80. IN ADDITION TO THE NEW HIRE TRAINING PROGRAM EMPLOYEES HIRED PRIOR TO FY 79 ARE BEING TRAINED IN THE SAME PROGRAM. WE EXPECT ALL OF OUR ON-BOARD SERVICE EMPLOYEES TO BE FULLY TRAINED BY THE END OF FY 81. A COPY OF THE AMTRAK ON-BOARD SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM IS LABELED NO. 1 AND WAS FORWARDED FOR YOUR REVIEW. ALTHOUGH OPERATING TRAIN CREWS ARE NOT AMTRAK EMPLOYEES, WE DO PROVIDE THESE PEOPLE WITH A TRAINING PROGRAM WHICH INCLUDES THE OPERATION OF PERTINENT FEATURES OF AMFLEET AND SUPERLINER EQUIPMENT. A TOTAL OF 869 OPERATING EMPLOYEES WERE TRAINED IN CY 79 AND AS OF MARCH 31, 1980, 408 OPERATING PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED THE SAME TRAINING. A COPY OF THIS TRAINING PROGRAM WAS ALSO INCLUDED FOR YOUR REVIEW AND IS LABELED NO. 2. WE HOPE THIS MEETS WITH YOUR APPROVAL. WE ARE MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO EDUCATE AND TRAIN EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE EMERGENCY FEATURES OF OUR EQUIPMENT ALONG WITH EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES.