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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-042
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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: PROVIDE SUPERVISORS AND EMPLOYEES PERIODIC, SUPERVISED TRAINING BASED ON A UNIFORM UNDERSTANDING OF THE OPERATING RULES, TIMETABLE INSTRUCTIONS, AND BULLETIN INSTRUCTIONS.
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)
Keyword(s): Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Western Pacific Railroad Company
Date: 6/23/1982
Response: We note that the WP has carried out a training program for its operating employees and supervisors to improve their knowledge of operating rules and special instructions in operating timetables. This recommendation has, therefore, been classified as "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Western Pacific Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/1981
Response: WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY LTR: THE EMPLOYEE RULES TRAINING CLASSES FORMAT HAS UNDERGONE EXTENSIVE REVISION TO ENSURE UNIFORM UNDERSTANDING OF OPERATING RULES, TIME TABLE INSTRUCTIONS, AND BULLETIN INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDING APPLICABLE TIMETABLE SPEED WITH RESPECT TO CLASS OF TRAIN.