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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-85-020
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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: IN LOCATIONS WHERE RULE NO. 299 IS IN EFFECT, INFORM THE CREW OF THE LEAD TRAIN WHEN A FOLLOWING TRAIN IS NOT EQUIPPED WITH CAB SIGNALS OR HAS AN INOPERATIVE CAB SIGNAL.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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 Alternate 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: SINCE THIS CHANGE IN RULE 559 CREATES AN ABSOLUTE BLOCK BETWEEN INTERLOCKINGS, IT IS ACTUALLY SAFER THAN SAFETY RECOMMENDATION R-85-20, AS TWO TRAINS ARE NO LONGER PERMITTED IN THE SAME BLOCK.