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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-039
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 12, 1980, TWO FREIGHT TRAINS OPERATED BY THE BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD COMPANY COLLIDED HEAD-ON AT ORLEANS ROAD, WEST VIRGINIA. EXTRA 6474 EAST WAS ON TRACK NO. 2 TRAVELING AT 38 MILES PER HOUR AS IT PASSED THE STOP-AND-STAY SIGNAL AT ORLEANS ROAD AND ENTERED A COMPOUND CURVE TO THE RIGHT, WHERE EXTRA 4367 WEST WAS APPROACHING AT A SPEED OF 32 MPH. THE FIREMAN OF EXTRA 4367 WEST WAS KILLED AND THE ENGINEER AND HEAD BRAKEMAN WERE INJURED; THE ENGINEER, CONDUCTOR, AND BRAKEMAN OF EXTRA 6474 EAST WERE INJURED. PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $1,688,200.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE OHIO AND BALTIMORE RAILROAD COMPANY OF THE CHESSIC SYSTEM: IMPLEMENT A SYSTEM OF TRAINING AND EXAMINATION IN OPERATING RULES WHICH WILL INSURE THAT EACH EMPLOYEE SUBJECT TO THOSE RULES DEMONSTRATES SATISFACTORILY HIS/HER KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT OPERATING RULES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Orleans Road, WV, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79794
Accident Reports: Head On Collision of B & O Freight Trains Extra 6474 and Extra 4367 West
Report #: RAR-80-09
Accident Date: 2/12/1980
Issue Date: 9/24/1980
Date Closed: 4/6/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Keyword(s): Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company
Date: 4/6/1983
Response: We note that the B&O is dealing positively with the problem of its employees receiving the followup training they need regarding operating rules. This recommendation will be classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 1/8/1982
Response: CHESSIE SYSTEM LETTER: WE HAVE CONDUCTED INTENSIVE EDUCATIONAL AND ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS SYSTEM-WIDE ON THE OPERATING RULES AND PROCEDURES PERTINENT TO THIS ACCIDENT. PARTICULAR ATTENTION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ACHIEVING COMPLIANCE WITH RADIO RULE 54 (SINCE REVISED AND NUMBERED OPERATING RULE 454) AND RULE 34. CONDUCTORS AND ENGINEERS ARE RESPONSIBLE UNDER RAILROAD RULES FOR ASSESSING THE FITNESS FOR DUTY OF EMPLOYEES UNDER THEIR CHARGE, AS ARE YARDMASTERS AND OTHER FIELD LEVEL SUPERVISORS. THIS RESPONSIBILITY HAS BEEN STRESSED IN EMPLOYEE CONTACTS AND RULES CLASSES. BEYOND THIS, PLANNED AND INTENSIVE CHECKS AND INTERVIEWS OF EMPLOYEES AT ON-DUTY POINTS, ARE BEING CONDUCTED AS A NORMAL MANAGEMENT FUNCTION.

From: NTSB
To: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company
Date: 12/31/1981
Response: On September 24, 1980, the National Transportation Safety Board issued Safety Recommendations R-80-39 and -40 to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company (B&O) of the Chessie System as a result of a head-on collision between two B7O freight trains at Orleans Road, West Virginia, on February 12, 1980. Reference is also made to Safety Recommendations R-81-70 through -73 resulting from the investigation of a head-on collision between two B&O freight trains near Germantown, Maryland, on February 9, 1981. In reviewing our files of these recommendations, we found no record that a response had been received. For your convenience in identifying them, we have enclosed the relevant letter of recommendation and a copy of the report on our investigation of the Orleans Road collision. In order to update our files of the recommendations, we would appreciate learning what actions the B&O has taken to implement them. They are presently in an open status and will remain so pending your reply.