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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-85-019
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Synopsis: ABOUT 3:35 P.M. ON FEBRUARY 26, 1984, WESTBOUND CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION (CONRAIL) TRAIN ENPI-6X, MOVING ABOUT 27 MPH, STRUCK THE REAR OF STANDING CONRAIL TRAIN OIPI-6 AT CONTROL POINT SALTS ON THE NO. 2 TRACK NEAR SALTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA. DERAILED CARS FROM TRAIN OIPI-6 WERE STRUCK BY EASTBOUND CONRAIL TRAIN TV-12M WHILE IT WAS MOVING ABOUT 38 MPH ON THE NO. 1 TRACK. WHEN THE COLLISION OCCURED, THE DERAILMENT OF A CAR IN TRAIN TV-12M CAUSED ITS BRAKES TO APPLY IN EMERGENCY. TWO CARS AND A CABOOSE DERAILED IN TRAIN OIPI-6, ONE LOCOMOTIVE UNIT DERAILED IN TRAIN ENPI-6X, AND ONE CAR DERAILED IN TRAIN TV-12M. A FIRE WHICH ENSUED SEVERELY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED 19 "PIGGY-BACK" TRUCK SEMI-TRAILERS CARRIED BY TRAIN TV-12M. TWO CREWMEN ON TRAIN ENPI-6X AND ONE CREWMEMBER ON OIPI-6 WERE INJURED. CONRAIL ESTIMATED THE DAMAGE AT $784,719. THE REPORT IS TITLED RAILROAD ACCIDENT REPORT--"REAR END COLLISION CONRAIL TRAIN OIPI-6 AND ENPI-6X NEAR SALTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, FEBRUARY 26, 1984" (NTSB-RAR-85-02).
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION: WHERE RULE NO. 299 IS APPLICABLE AND THE "C" LIGHT CANNOT BE DISPLAYED, HOLD TRAINS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH CAB SIGNALS OR THAT HAVE INOPERATIVE CAB SIGNALS AT A CONTROL POINT UNTIL THE INTERVENING BLOCK TO THE NEXT CONTROL POINT IS CLEAR, INSTEAD OF ALLOWING TRAINS TO CLOSE UP.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Saltsburg, PA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA84RM004
Accident Reports: Rear End Collision Between Conrail Trains OIPI-6 and ENPI-6X
Report #: RAR-85-02
Accident Date: 2/26/1984
Issue Date: 3/20/1985
Date Closed: 6/13/1985
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
Date: 6/13/1985
Response:

From: Conrail (Consolidated Rail Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 4/3/1985
Response: CRC LTR: ON NOVEMBER 25, 1984, CONRAIL MODIFIED RULE 559 BY GENERAL ORDER TO READ AS NOW SHOWN IN REVISION NO. 2 OF THE RULES OF THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1985 (COPY ATTACHED). WITH RULE 559 IN THIS PRESENT FORM, NO TRAIN WITH INOPERATIVE CAB SIGNAL APPARATUS IS PERMITTED TO OPERATE IN TERRITORY WITHOUT WAYSIDE SIGNALS UNLESS IT IS PROVIDED WITH AN ABSOLUTE BLOCK BETWEEN INTERLOCKINGS.