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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-87-009
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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 GREATER CLEVELAND REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY: MAKE PERIODIC INSPECTIONS AS NECESSARY AND MAINTAIN AN ADEQUATE PARTS INVENTORY TO KEEP OF ITS WAYSIDE SIGNAL SYSTEM, INCLUDING THE AUTOMATIC TRAIN STOP APPARATUS, FUNCTIONAL AT ALL TIMES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 9/29/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Transit, Positive Train Control

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Date: 9/29/1988
Response:

From: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 7/27/1988
Response: THE TOTAL SIGNAL SYSTEM IS TESTED AT LEAST EVERY SIX MONTHS. ALL TESTS ARE DOCUMENTED (EXHIBIT). TRIP ARMS ARE NOW BEING GUAGED FOR HEIGHT AND ALIGNMENT ON A MONTHLY BASIS. (THIS PROCEDURE WAS RECENTLY ADOPTED BASED ON YOUR RECOMMENDATION OF JUNE 28, 1988.) AS ADDED PROTECTION ALL TRIP ARMS IN CONSTRUCTION AREAS ARE INSPECTED DAILY. THE EMERGENCY ORDER SYSTEM IS FUNCTIONING AS INTENDED. AS OF JULY 21, 1988, THE SIGNAL DEPARTMENT HAS ON HAND SUFFICIENT PARTS TO MEET ANY NEED.

From: NTSB
To: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Date: 6/28/1988
Response:

From: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 3/4/1988
Response: IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT THE WAYSIDE SIGNAL EQUIPMENT WAS THOROUGHLY INSPECTED, AND THEREAFTER THIS HAS BEEN DONE ON A SEMIANNUAL BASIS. A LOCAL FABRICATOR WAS CONTRACTED TO MAKE THE REPAIR PARTS FOR THE ATS APPARATUS, RATHER THAN USE THE EARLIER ACCEPTED PRACTICE THAT NECESSITATED THE WAIT FOR THE DELIVERY OF PARTS FROM THE ORIGINAL SUPPLIER. WHEN ALL TRAIN STOPS WERE REPAIRED AS OF SEPTEMBER 19, 1985, A POLICY WAS ISSUED REQUIRING A NUMBER OF ACTIONS (REFERENCE R-87-11) THAT MUST OCCUR IN THE EVENT THAT A TRAIN STOP OR SIGNAL BE INOPERABLE FOR A PERIOD LONGER THAN 24-HOURS. AN EMERGENCY PURCHASE ORDER SYSTEM HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE REGARDING VITAL SIGNAL REPAIR PARTS. IF WHILE WAITING FOR AN ORDER TO BE DELIVERED, ANY OF THESE PARTS SHOULD FALL BELOW A MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE SPARE LEVEL, THE ITEM IS "RED-FLAGGED" BY THE SUPERVISOR OF SIGNALS TO THE ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER-OPERATIONS AND THE SAFETY DEPARTMENT FOR IMMEDIATE FOLLOW-UP ACTION. THE SAFETY DEPARTMENT CONDUCTS RANDOM AUDITS OF THE SPARE PARTS LEVEL OF SIGNAL PARTS IN ORDER TO ASSURE THE EFFECTIVNESS OF THIS PROCESS. THE CUT-OVER TO A CAB SIGNAL SYSTEM IS CURRENTLY BEING ACCOMPLISHED ON THE PORTION OF TRACK BETWEEN TERMINAL TOWER (C.U.T.) AND WEST PARK. THE CONTRACTS TO CONVERT THE EASTSIDE AND C.U.T. AREA WILL BE LET THIS YEAR.

From: NTSB
To: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Date: 11/25/1987
Response: