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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-044
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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 CREWMEMBERS WITH THE PROPER CLASSIFICATION OF THEIR TRAIN FOR SPEED PURPOSES AND THE CORRECT TRAILING TONNAGE OF THEIR TRAIN.
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: We thank the WP for informing us that procedures and instructions have been revised to ensure that both train conductors and engineers are provided with accurate tonnage figures and authorized track speeds. 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: PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS HAVE BEEN REVISED TO ENSURE THAT BOTH TRAIN CONDUCTORS AND ENGINEERS ARE PROVIDED WITH ACCURATE FIGURES AS WELL AS SPECIFIC AUTHORIZED TRACK SPEEDS.