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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-87-013
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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: ESTABLISH A POSITIVE MEANS TO DETERMINE THAT SPEED RESTRICTION SIGNS POSTED BECAUSE OF SPECIFIC LINESIDE PROBLEMS, SUCH AS TRACK IRREGULARITIES, REMAIN POSTED.
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: SPEED RESTRICTION SIGNS ARE NOW BEING CHECKED DAILY BY RAIL SUPERVISORS TO VERIFY THAT THEY REMAIN IN PLACE AND REMAIN LEGIBLE. THE SUPERINTENDENT OF WAY & STRUCTURES ALSO CHECKS THE SIGNS DAILY AND RECORDS HIS FINDINGS IN TRACK DEPARTMENT RECORDS. THE SAFETY DEPARTMENT ALSO PERFORMS THIS CHECK AT A MINIMUM OF ONCE A WEEK. PROBLEMS WITH SIGNS ARE CORRECTED IMMEDIATELY UPON DISCOVERY. GCRTA MANAGEMENT HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE COMMITTED TO THE CORRECTION OF ANY CONDITIONS SUCH AS THOSE THAT LED TO THE OCCURRENCE OF THIS ACCIDENT, EITHER IDENTIFIED BY A RECOMMENDATION OF THE SAFETY BOARD OR DISCOVERED AS A RESULT OF OUR OWN INVESTI GATIONS. THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS SINCE THE ACCIDENT INCLUDING IMPROVED AND INCREASED MAINTENANCE OF WAY, POWER AND SIGNALS; IMPROVED OPERATING PROCEDURES; IMPROVED VEGETATION CONTROL; AND THE RESTRUCTURING OF RAIL MANAGEMENT INCLUDING CHANGES OF PERSONNEL. OUR INTENTIONS ARE TO HEED THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT AND TO ELIMINATE THE POSSIBILITY OF ACCIDENTS IN THE FUTURE. WE CONSIDER THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE NATIONAL TRANSIT [SIC] SAFETY BOARD AND THE MEASURES THAT WE HAVE TAKEN THUS FAR IN RESPONSE TO THIS ACCIDENT AS THE INITIAL STEPS TOWARD MAKING GCRTA ONE OF THE SAFEST TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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