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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-87-015
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Synopsis: ABOUT 8:36 A.M. ON MAY 7, 1986, BOSTON AND MAINE CORPORATION (B&M) TRAIN NO. 5324 STRUCK THE REAR OF CONRAIL TRAIN TV-14 STANDING ON CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORPORATION'S (CONRAIL) NO. 2 MAIN TRACK, AT BRIGHTON, MASSACHUSETTS. THE LOCOMOTIVE AND HEAD CARS OF TRAIN TV-14 HAD ENTERED CONRAIL'S BEACON PARK YARD AT BRIGHTON; THE LAST 10 CARS OF THE TRAIN WERE NOT IN THE YARD, BUT WERE EXTENDING THROUGH AN INTERCLOCKING PLANT AND ABOUT 6 OF THE CARS WERE STANDING ON THE NO. 2 MAIN TRACK IN A 2 DEGREE 8' CURVE TO THE RIGHT. OF THE 550 PASSENGERS 5 CREWMEMBERS ON THE COMMUTER TRAIN, 149 PASSENGERS AND 4 CREWMEMBERS WERE INJURED. THE CREWMEMBERS OF TRAIN TV-14 WERE INJURED. THE COMBINED EQUIPMENT DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED TO BE $102,210.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY: PROVIDE EQUIPMENT FOR COMMUTER SERVICE WHICH HAS ADEQUATELY DESIGNED INTERIORS, INCLUDING OVERHEAD GRAB BARS AND SEAT HANDHOLD, TO PREVENT INJURY FROM EXPOSED METAL HEADREST FRAMES AND UNRESTRAINED LUGGAGE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: BRIGHTON, MA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA86MR002
Accident Reports: Rear-End Collision Between Boston and Main Corporation Commuter Train No. 5324 and Consolidated Rail Corporation Train TV-14
Report #: RAR-87-02
Accident Date: 5/7/1986
Issue Date: 5/19/1987
Date Closed: 8/29/1995
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Date: 8/29/1995
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO HAVE RECEIVED AN UPDATED EQUIPMENT ROSTER INDICATING THAT THE COMMUTER RAIL FLEET NOW CONSISTS OF EQUIPMENT THAT HAS THE RECOMMENDED FEATURES. THE BOARD NOTES THAT NEW EQUIPMENT PURCHASED BY THE MBTA ALSO CONTAINS THESE FEATURES. R-87-15 HAS THEREFORE BEEN CLASSIFEID "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 6/22/1995
Response: DAVID N. DIAZ, CHIEF MECHANICAL OFFICER FOR RAILROAD OPERATIONS ON 6/22/95, FURNISHED AN UPDATED EQUIPMENT ROSTER WHICH INDICATED THE CONDITION OF THE FLEET WITH RESPECT TO SEATING CAPACITY, SAFETY HANDHOLDS, SEAT BACKS, LUGGAGE RESTRAINTS & NON-SLIP FLOORING.

From: NTSB
To: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Date: 6/20/1990
Response: Safety Recommendation R-87-15 addresses provision of equipment for commuter service that has adequately designed interiors, including overhead grab bars and seat handholds, to prevent injury from exposed metal headrest frames and unrestrained luggage. The Safety Board thanks the MBTA for the description of each coach's safety equipment. However, we note that 131 cars are missing some type of recommended safety equipment. The Safety Board requests that the MBTA descr be the features, if any, that may not be applicable to the various coaches land incorporate the recommended features that are applicable. Pending further information, Safety Recommendation R-87-15 is classified "Open--Acceptable Action."

From: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 2/13/1990
Response: THE INFORMATION YOU REQUESTED CONCERNING INTERIOR DESIGN FEATURES OF OUR COMMUTER RAIL COACH FLEET, R-87-15, IS CONTAINED IN THE ATTACHED TABLE. THIS TABLE NOT ONLY INCLUDES COACHES IN SERVICE, BUT ALSO THOSE ON ORDER AND SCHEDULED FOR DELIVERY LATER THIS YEAR.

From: NTSB
To: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Date: 1/4/1990
Response: Safety Recommendation R-87-15 concerns providing equipment for commuter service which has adequately designed interiors, including overhead grab bars and handholds, to prevent injury from exposed metal headrest frames and unrestrained luggage. Your response discusses changes that have been made in recently acquired coaches. These changes include various handholds, padded seatbacks, and nonslip flooring. "While the Safety Board is pleased about these improvements, we would like to have information on the number of newly acquired coaches and the percentage of the total commuter rail fleet that has these improved interiors. Pending further response, Safety Recommendation R-87-15 will be classified as "Open--Acceptable Action."

From: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 6/2/1989
Response: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has no record of receiving your letter of November 25, 1987 or any follow up correspondence regarding R-87-14 and R-87-15. We also were unaware of a requirement to notify the Board of the implementation of the recommendations. Many changes have occurred since the referenced incident including a change of operators to Amtrak and the acquisition of considerable new equipment. Our response to recommendation R-87-14 has been to vigorously monitor, and insist on the proper operation of on board speed monitoring equipment. The recommendations of R-87-15 have been exceeded in our recent acquisitions of new coaches to include; seat hand holds, vertical, and overhead hand holds in the ends of cars, together with padded seat backs and non-slip flooring. We regret the classification that has been placed on the aforementioned recommendations and request you reconsider the "closed-unacceptable action" classification.

From: NTSB
To: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Date: 5/22/1989
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 19, 1987, the Safety Board issued Safety Recommendations R-87*14 and -15 to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. These safety recommendations address the maintenance of commuter train speed recording instruments and the use of equipment for commuter service that has interior features designed to prevent injury in an accident. The Safety Board again called your attention to these safety recommendations in a November 25, 1987, letter. Since there has been no response to Safety Recommendations R-87-14 or -15 or to our followup letter, we have classified these safety recommendations as "Closed--Unacceptable Action." If these safety recommenda ions have been implemented, the Safety I Board will be pleased to reconsider the status.

From: NTSB
To: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Date: 11/25/1987
Response: On May 19, 1987, the Safety Board issued Safety Recommendations R-87-14 and -15 to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) as a result of the Board's investigation of the rear end collision of Boston & Maine Corporation commuter train No. 5324 with Consolidated Rail Corporation train TV-14, at Brighton, Massachusetts, on May 7, 1986. 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 any actions taken as a result of its Safety Recommendations. Our records show, however, that we have not received a response from the MBTA regarding the recommended actions. We would appreciate being informed as to what efforts are being made to implement these recommendations. The Safety Board's letter including these recommendations is enclosed for your information in this matter. Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future.