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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-87-012
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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: POST, IN ALL AREAS OF THE SYSTEM IN WHICH SIGHT DISTANCE IS LESS THAN 1,000 FEET, SIGNS DIS PLAYING RESTRICTED SPEEDS, BASED ON THE SIGHT DISTANCE AVAILABLE AND DISTANCE REQUIRED TO STOP THE TRAINS TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE DISTANCE TO STOP A TRAIN IN THE EVENT IT DOES ENTER AN OCCUPIED BLOCK.
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: 6/28/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Transit, Signage

Safety Recommendation History
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: BRAKING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RAIL CARS, ALONG WITH HUMAN RESPONSE TIME AND REACTION TIME, HAVE BEEN USED TO DETERMINE A MAXIMUM NECESSARY BRAKING DISTANCE AT ALL POSSIBLE SPEEDS AND CONDITIONS. IN AREAS WHERE THE SIGHT DISTANCE IS LESS THAN ONE THOUSAND FEET, APPROPRIATE SPEED RESTRICTION SIGNS BASED ON THIS MAXIMUM BRAKING DISTANCE HAVE BEEN POSTED. WARNING SIGNS INDICATING THE RESTRICTED SPEED AHEAD HAVE ALSO BEEN POSTED IN ADVANCE OF THESE SIGNS. IN ADDITION, OLDER SIGNS WHICH COULD BE INTERPRETED IN CONFLICT WITH THE NEW SIGNAGE SYSTEM HAVE BEEN REMOVED.

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