Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-81-053
Details
Synopsis: ON NOVEMBER 7, 1980, CONRAIL FREIGHT TRAIN OPSE-7 STRUCK THE HEAD END OF AMTRAK TRAIN NO. 74 WHILE IT WAS STANDING ON TRACK NO. 2 AT DOBBS FERRY, NEW YORK. THE LEAD LOCOMOTIVE UNIT OF TRAIN OPSE-7 OVERRODE AND DESTROYED THE OPERATING CAB OF THE POWER CAR OF TRAIN NO. 74. OF THE ESTIMATED 234 PERSONS ABOARD THE TRAINS, 75 PASSENGERS AND 9 CREWMEMBERS WERE INJURED. DAMAGE TO THE EQUIPMENT WAS ESTIMATED AT $915,000.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION: AMEND 49 CFR 217.9 TO REQUIRE SUFFICIENT MONITORING TO INSURE THAT EACH OPERATING EMPLOYEE IS EVALUATED FOR COMPLIANCE WITH OPERATING RULES ON A REGULAR BASIS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Dobbs Ferry, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA81AR007
Accident Reports: Head End Collision of Amtrak Passenger Train No. 74 and Conrail Train OPSE-7
Report #: RAR-81-04
Accident Date: 11/7/1980
Issue Date: 5/18/1981
Date Closed: 7/21/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FRA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/21/1987
Response: NO RESPONSE RECEIVED.

From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 7/21/1987
Response:

From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 2/4/1985
Response:

From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 4/30/1984
Response:

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/14/1982
Response: FRA LETTER: FRA DOES NOT PLAN TO AMEND 49 CFR 217.9 BUT WILL CONTINUE TO COORDINATE TRAINING PROGRAMS WITH RAIL LABOR UNIONS AND RAILROAD MANAGEMENT IN ORDER TO RECOGNIZE UNIQUE AND SPECIFIC RAILROAD OPERATING CONDITIONS. FRA HAS IMPLEMENTED ASSESSMENTS ON RAILROAD TRAINING AND TESTING PROGRAMS CONCENTRATING ON SEGMENTS OF A RAILROAD WITH A HIGH INCIDENCE OF ACCIDENTS ATTRIBUTED TO HUMAN FACTORS. IN SEEKING A SOLUTION, FRA HAS CONCENTRATED ON THE RAILROADS' TRAINING AND TESTING PROGRAMS IN OPERATING RULES. WEAKNESSES IN THE RAILROAD'S EFFICIENCY TESTING PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF RAILROAD MANAGEMENT FOR APPROPRIATE CORRECTIONS OR REVISIONS. THESE ASSESSMENTS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED ON MORE THAN 12 CLASS I RAILROADS INCLUDING CONRAIL AND DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO MORE THAN HALF OF THESE RAILROADS RELATIVE TO IMPROVING THEIR EFFICIENCY TESTING PROGRAMS. IN ALL CASES THE RESPONSE WAS PROMPT AND SUBSTANTIVE. IN AT LEAST ONE CASE, THE RAIL CARRIER ASSIGNED ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL AND A STAFF OFFICER AT THE DIVISION LEVEL TO COORDINATE AND IMPLEMENT THE REVISED PROCEDURES.

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/22/1981
Response: FRA LETTER: FRA DOES NOT PLAN TO AMEND 49 CFR 217.9 BUT WILL CONTINUE TO COORDINATE TRAINING PROGRAMS JOINTLY WITH RAIL LABOR UNIONS AND RAILROAD MANAGEMENT IN ORDER TO RECOGNIZE UNIQUE AND SPECIFIC RAILROAD OPERATING CONDITIONS. FRA HAS IMPLEMENTED ASSESSMENTS ON THE RAILROADS' TRAINING AND TESTING PROGRAMS CONCENTRATING ON SEGMENTS OF A RAILROAD ON WHICH A HIGH INCIDENT OF HUMAN FACTOR TYPE ACCIDENTS ARE OCCURRING. IN SEEKING A SOLUTION, FRA HAS CONCENTRATED ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE RAILROADS' TRAINING AND TESTING PROGRAMS IN OPERATING RULES. WEAKNESSES IN THE RAILROADS' EFFICIENCY TESTING PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE RAILROAD MANAGEMENTS FOR APPROPRIATE CORRECTIONS OR REVISIONS THEREBY MAKING IT MORE EFFECTIVE. THESE ASSESSMENTS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED ON MORE THAN 12 CLASS I RAILROADS INCLUDING CONRAIL AND DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO MORE THAN HALF OF THESE RAILROADS RELATIVE TO IMPROVING THEIR EFFICIENCY TESTING PROGRAM. IN ALL CASES THE RESPONSE WAS PROMPT AND SUBSTANTIVE. IN AT LEAST ONE CASE, THE RAIL CARRIER ASSIGNED ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL AT THE DIVISION LEVEL AND A STAFF OFFICER TO COORDINATE AND IMPLEMENT THE REVISED PROCEDURES.

From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 12/7/1981
Response: