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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-041
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 9, 1980, WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD (WP) FREIGHT TRAIN EXTRA UP 3734 WEST (SEALAND 6) HAD ITS CABOOSE, THREE HELPER LOCOMOTIVE UNITS BEHIND THE CABOOSE, AND SEVEN FREIGHT CARS DERAILED AT THE INDUSTRIAL PARKWAY OVERPASS AT HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA. OF THE NINE CREWMEMBERS, TWO WERE KILLED AND TWO WERE INJURED. THREE LOCOMOTIVE UNITS AND THE CABOOSE WERE DESTROYED. DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED AT $1,382,000.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY: TAKE ACTION WITH EMPLOYEES TO DETERMINE THAT TRAIN OPERATIONS ARE CONDUCTED ACCORDING TO OPERATING RULES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Hayward, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79807
Accident Reports: Derailment of Western Pacific Railroad Company Freight Train Extra Up 3734 West (Sealand 6)
Report #: RAR-80-10
Accident Date: 4/9/1980
Issue Date: 10/24/1980
Date Closed: 6/23/1982
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Western Pacific Railroad Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Western Pacific Railroad Company
Date: 6/23/1982
Response: The Safety Board is encouraged by the fact that the WP has increased operational/efficiency tests with employees on various rules. This type of surveillance is responsive to Recommendation R-80-47, which has been classified as "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Western Pacific Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/1981
Response: WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY LTR: RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS WERE REVIEWED AND NUMEROUS REVISIONS WERE MADE TO ENHANCE AND CLARIFY. WE HAVE MADE AN EARNEST EFFORT TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF RULES CLASSES AND SAFETY MEETINGS. ATTENDANCE AT RULES CLASSES IS NOW MANDATORY FOR ALL TRAIN DISPATCHERS; TRAIN, ENGINE, AND YARD SERVICE EMPLOYEES; AND M. W. FOREMEN. DURING 1981 ALL THESE EMPLOYEES, EXCEPT THOSE "OUT OF SERVICE" FOR VARIOUS REASONS, ATTENDED. OPERATIONAL/EFFICIENCY TESTS HAVE BEEN REVISED, NEW TESTS DEVELOPED, AND A CONSIDERABLE EFFORT HAS BEEN EXPENDED TO SEE THAT ALL EMPLOYEES ARE TESTED; TESTS ON A VARIETY OF RULES ARE ENSURED, AND IN FACT WE HAVE AN ADDED NUMBER OF SUPERVISORS MAKING MORE TESTS THAN PREVIOUSLY. DISCIPLINE FOR RULE VIOLATIONS HAS BEEN CONSISTENT AND INCREASED. WE HAVE HAD SOME CHANGES IN SUPERVISORS.