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Safety Recommendation R-87-004
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Synopsis: ABOUT 8:12 A.M., EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME, JULY 10, 1985, EAST BOUND TWO-CAR TRAIN NO. 6601 STRUCK THE REAR OF THREE-CAR TRAIN NO. 6614, WHICH WAS STANDING INOPERATIVE ON THE EAST BOUND MAIN TRACK OF THE GREATER CLEVELAND REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY (GCRTA) RED RAPID TRANSIT LINE. TRAIN NO. 6614 WAS STUCK IN A REVERSE CURVE ABOUT 900 FEET WEST OF THE WEST 98TH STREET STATION IN CLEVELAND, OHIO. THE OPERATORS AND CONDUCTORS OF BOTH TRAINS AND A TOTAL OF 46 OF THE APPROX IMATELY 400 PASSENGERS ON THE TRAINS WERE TRANSPORTED TO NEARBY HOSPITALS. TWO DAYS AFTER THE ACCIDENT, ANOTHER PASSENGER WAS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A CERVICAL SPINE INJURY; THE TRAIN CREWMEMBERS AND THE OTHER PASSENGERS RE CEIVED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT FOR MINOR INJURIES. THE REAR CAR OF TRAIN NO. 6614 WAS DERAILED AND SUSTAINED REAR END STRUCTURAL DAMAGE AS A RESULT OF THE COLLISION IMPACT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE STATE OF OHIO: INITIATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO ESTABLISH A NEW INDEPENDENT AGENCY OR AUTHORIZE AN EXISTING AGENCY TO OVERSEE AND REGULATE THE SAFETY OF RAIL RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN THE STATE OF OHIO.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Cleveland, OH, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA85RM009
Accident Reports: Rear-End Collision of Two Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Red Line Rapid Transit Trains near the 98th Street Station
Report #: None
Accident Date: 7/10/1985
Issue Date: 5/11/1987
Date Closed: 5/19/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Ohio (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: State of Ohio
To: NTSB
Date: 7/17/1989
Response: This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of May 19, 1989 to Governor Richard Celeste regarding your board’s Safety Recommendation R-87-4. Unfortunately, this as well as your previous communications to the Governor on this subject appear to have been misrouted. As of this time, the PUCO does not have any documents regarding this particular safety recommendation. However, I have directed that a copy be obtained as soon as possible so that we can review the recommendation and provide you with the State of Ohio’s position on it. I do apologize for the snafu, and assure you that I will be back in touch with you as soon as I receive the necessary information. Thank you for your patience.

From: NTSB
To: State of Ohio
Date: 5/19/1989
Response: The National Transportation Safety Board is reviewing its safety recommendation files to identify those recommendations on which there has been no correspondence for an extended time. On May 11, 1987, the Safety Board issued Safety Recommendation R-87-4 concerning establishment of rapid rail transit regulation and oversight in the State of Ohio. To date, the Safety Board has not received a response concerning this safety recommendation. The Safety Board reiterated its request for the State of Ohio's position on this safety recommendation by letter, dated April 25, 1988. Since there has been no response to Safety Recommendation R-87-4 or to our followup letter, we have classified this safety recommendation as "Closed--Unacceptable Action." If this safety recommendation has been implemented, the Safety Board will be pleased to reconsider its status.

From: NTSB
To: State of Ohio
Date: 4/25/1988
Response: On May 11, 1987, the National Transportation Safety Board issued Safety Recommendation R-87-4 to the State of Ohio as a result of the Board's investigation of the rear-end collision of two Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority trains near the West 98th Street Station in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 10, 1985. The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency with the statutory responsibility ' . ..to promote transportation safety by conducting independent accident investigations and by formulating safety improvement recommendations" (Public Law 93-633). The Safety Board is vitally interested in an,y actions taken as a result of its Safety Recommendations. Our records show, however, that we have not received a response from the State of Ohio regarding the recommended action. We would appreciate being informed as to what efforts are being made to implement this recommendation. The Safety Board's letter transmitting this recommendation is enclosed for your information. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future.