Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-043
Details
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: REVIEW AND AMEND ITS RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE PROCEDURES FOR THE SAFE OPERATION OF LOCOMOTIVES IN HELPER SERVICE.
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):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Western Pacific Railroad Company
Date: 6/23/1982
Response: We note that the WP has revised its Operating Rule 800 to assure which conductor is in charge when two trains are coupled together, and Rule 825T restricting the use of locomotives behind cabooses. This recommendation has been classified as "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Western Pacific Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/1981
Response: WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY LTR: OPERATING RULES 800, TO ASSURE WHICH CONDUCTOR IS IN CHARGE WHEN TWO TRAINS ARE COUPLED TOGETHER, AND 825T, RESTRICTING THE USE OF LOCOMOTIVES BEHIND CABOOSES, HAVE BEEN REVISED AND INFORMATION TO ASSIST WITH COMPLIANCE HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO OPERATING TIMETABLE INSTRUCTIONS.