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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-80-047
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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 BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT: ESTABLISH PROCEDURES TO PREVENT TRAINS FROM BEING OPERATED INTO AN AREA WHERE AN EMERGENCY EXISTS UNTIL IT IS KNOWN THAT IT IS SAFE TO DO SO. DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN ON A CURRENT BASIS WITH THE WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY A PLAN FOR IMMEDIATE NOTIFICATION OF ANY EMERGENCY OCCURRING ON THE COMMON RIGHT-OF-WAY BETWEEN OAKLAND AND FREMONT.
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: 11/12/1982
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Transit

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Date: 11/12/1982
Response: Guidelines for designating boundaries and protecting emergency scenes, and the procedures for assuring communications with the WP and outside public agencies, which are contained in the 1981 edition of the BART "Emergency Plan," fulfill the intent of Recommendation R-80-47. We have classified this recommendation as "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Bay Area Rapid Transit District
To: NTSB
Date: 12/9/1981
Response: BART LETTER: THE BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT (BART) EMERGENCY PLAN HAS BEEN COMPLETED IN FINAL FORM AND DISTRIBUTION TO APPLICABLE BART DEPARTMENTS IS IN PROGRESS. A COPY OF THIS PLAN AND A COPY OF BART'S OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTER'S PROCEDURE FOR CHECKING THE VALIDITY OF EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS WERE ENCLOSED. BOTH THE WESTERN PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROADS ARE INCLUDED IN THIS PROCEDURE. THE SAFETY DEPARTMENT PERIODICALLY AUDITS THE CONTROL CENTER'S RECORDS FOR COMPLIANCE.

From: NTSB
To: Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Date: 9/29/1981
Response: The Safety Board has reviewed BART's District Operating Rules and Procedures Manual Emergency Sections, Parts 1 and 2, and Chapter V, Right-of-Way Intrusion. Both establish guidelines for designating boundaries and protecting emergency scenes. We trust that these protective measures will improve BART's procedures which are intended to prevent trains from being operated into an area where an emergency exists. However, we would appreciate receiving a copy of the entire emergency plan upon completion and a copy of the WP and BART's notification procedures mentioned in your letter of December 9, 1980. Recommendation R-80-47 will be classified in an "Open-Acceptable Action" status pending receipt of your response.

From: Bay Area Rapid Transit District
To: NTSB
Date: 6/12/1981
Response: BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT LTR: THE CURRENT PROCEDURES THAT PROTECT SCENES OF AN EMERGENCY ARE CONTAINED IN THE DISTRICT OPERATING RULES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL EMERGENCY SECTIONS, PARTS 1 AND 2. THE RULE WHICH IS MOST RESPONSIVE TO YOUR INQUIRY (NTSB LETTER DATED 5/20/81) IS FOUND IN PART 1, SPECIFICALLY RULE 604: "THE RESPONSIBLE CONTROL CENTER SHALL IMPLEMENT NECESSARY PROTECTIVE MEASURES AND DISPATCH AVAILABLE RESOURCES." THE DISTRICT HAS EXPANDED UPON THESE SECTIONS OF THE OR&P MANUAL WITH AN EMERGENCY PLAN. THE PLAN ESTABLISHES FIRM GUIDELINES FOR DESIGNATING BOUNDARIES AND PROTECTING EMERGENCY SCENES. NTSB WILL BE FURNISHED A COPY OF THE COMPLETED DOCUMENT AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE.

From: NTSB
To: Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Date: 5/20/1981
Response: Thank you for your letter of December 9, 1980, concerning Safety Recommendation R-80-47, which resulted from the Western Pacific Railroad (WP) freight train derailment at the Industrial Parkway overpass at Hayward, California, on April 9, 1980. The Safety Board acknowledges the bay Area Rapid Transit District's (BART) efforts in establishing mutual notification procedures with the WP in the event of an actual or potential emergency occurring on your adjacent rights-of-way between Oakland and Freemont. The Board is pleased that BART currently checks all emergency telephone numbers and updates its logs at least once a month. We also noted that the operating rules of both properties recognize stop signals given by others on or adjacent to their respective rights-of-way. However, we would ask that BART advise us or forward to us a copy of its procedures which are intended to prevent trains from being operated into an area where an emergency exists. Pending receipt of the requested information, we will hold Recommendation R-80-47 in an open status.

From: Bay Area Rapid Transit District
To: NTSB
Date: 12/9/1980
Response: BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT LTR: THE WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD AND THE BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT HAVE ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES AND EXCHANGED APPROPRIATE TELEPHONE NUMBERS TO EXPEDITE NOTIFICATION OF EACH OTHER IN THE EVENT OF AN ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL EMERGENCY INVOLVING THE RIGHT-OF WAY OF THE OTHER BETWEEN OAKLAND AND FREMONT. THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS TERMINATE IN THE SACRAMENTO DISPATCHER'S OFFICE OF THE WESTERN PACIFIC, AND THE OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTER AT BART. BART CHECKS ALL EMERGENCY NUMBERS AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH, AND LOGS THE RESULTS. THE OPERATING RULES OF BOTH PROPERTIES RECOGNIZE "STOP" SIGNALS GIVEN BY OTHERS ON OR ADJACENT TO THEIR RESPECTIVE RIGHTS-OF-WAY.