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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-85-081
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Synopsis: ABOUT 10:45 A.M. ON JULY 23, 1984, NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION (AMTRAK) TRAINS NOS. 151 AND 168 COLLIDED HEAD-ON ON AMTRAK'S HELL GATE LINE IN THE ASTORIA SECTION OF QUEENS, NEW YORK, NEW YORK. TRAIN NO. 151 WAS BEING OPERATED BY TRAIN ORDER AUTHORITY WESTBOUND ON THE NO. 2 MAIN TRACK BETWEEN MARKET INTERLOCKING AND THE EAST END OF GATE INTERLOCKING. TRAIN NO. 168 WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN STOPPED AND HELD AT THE HOME SIGNAL ON THE NO. 2 TRACK AT THE WEST END OF GATE INTERLOCKING FOR THE ARRIVAL OF TRAIN NO. 151. HOWEVER, TRAIN NO. 168 DID NOT STOP AT THE HOME SIGNAL BUT CONTINUED PAST GATE INTERLOCKING. THE TWO TRAINS COLLIDED ABOUT 1.1 MILES EAST OF GATE INTERLOCKING. ONE PASSENGER WAS KILLED; 129 PASSENGERS, 8 AMTRAK OPERATING CREWMEMBERS, AND 3 AMTRAK SERVICE ATTENDANTS WERE INJURED. PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED BY AMTRAK TO HAVE BEEN $3,199,000.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION (AMTRAK): MODIFY THE COACH SEATS USED IN AMFLEET EQUIPMENT SO THAT SEATBACK CUSHIONS CANNOT BECOME DISLODGED WHEN STRUCK AND EXPOSE SURFACES WHICH CAN CUASE INJURIES IN ACCIDENTS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA84AR014
Accident Reports: Head On Collision of National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) Passenger Trains Nos. 151 and 168
Report #: RAR-85-09
Accident Date: 7/23/1984
Issue Date: 8/5/1985
Date Closed: 2/19/1986
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 1/12/1987
Response: THIS IS ACTUALLY A FOLLOWUP AND THE FOLLOWING IS A HISTORY OF PAST CORRESPONDENCE. AMTRAK'S NOVEMBER 4, 1985, RESPONSE TO R-85-81. NTSB'S FEBRUARY 19, 1986, FOLLOWUP LETTER REGARDING R-85-81. AMTRAK'S JUNE 3, 1986, RESPONSE TO R-85-127. NTSB'S 7/30/86, FOLLOWUP LTR REGARDING R-85-127.

From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 1/12/1987
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 2/19/1986
Response: The Safety Board is pleased that Amtrak has initiated a program to modify the coach seats in Amfleet equipment to provide a positive securement of the seat back cushion. The Board agrees that this modification should prevent the type of injuries that occurred in the Astoria, Queens, New York accident when passengers struck the seatbacks and the sheet metal that serves as part of the headrest support which was exposed when the seatback cushions had been dislodged. Based on this positive action, Safety Recommendation R-85-81 has been placed in a "Closed--Acceptable Action" status.