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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-91-026
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Synopsis: ABOUT 3:13 A.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME, ON 8/9/90, NORTH BOUND NORFOLK SOUTHERN (NS) FREIGHT TRAIN 188 COLLIDED WITH SOUTHBOUND NS LOCAL FREIGHT TRAIN G-38 AT CONTROL POINT DAVIS NEAR SUGAR VALLEY, GEORGIA. THE CONDUCTOR ON TRAIN 188 & THE CONDUCTOR & ENGINEER ON TRAIN G-38 WERE FATALLY INJURED. THE TRAINMEN ON BOTH TRAINS & THE ENGINEER ON TRAIN 188 RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED AT $1,268,680.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION: IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STUDY OF FATIGUE OF TRAIN CREWMEMBERS, EXPLORE THE PARAMETERS OF AN OPTIMUM ALERTER SYSTEM FOR LOCOMOTIVES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: SUGAR VALLEY, GA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA90MR008
Accident Reports: Collision and Derailment of Norfolk Southern Train 188 with Norfolk Southern Train G-38
Report #: RAR-91-02
Accident Date: 8/9/1990
Issue Date: 9/16/1991
Date Closed: 11/4/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FRA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Fatigue

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 11/4/1997
Response: THE BOARD CONTINUES TO BELIEVE THAT A SUCCESSFUL COUNTERMEASURE TO FATIGUE IN THE TRANSPORTATION WORKPLACE IS AN OPTIMUM ALERTER SYSTEM THAT CANNOT BE RESET BY REFLEX ACTION. FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF POSITIVE TRAIN SEPARATION WILL NOT BE SO WIDESPREAD AS TO NEGATE THE NEED FOR SUCH AN ALERTER ON LOCOMOTIVES. SINCE THE FRA HAS DECLINED TO ACT ON THIS RECOMMENDATION & REQUESTED CLOSURE, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-91-26 "CLOSED--UNACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/12/1997
Response:

From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 9/16/1993
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FRA HAS AWARDED TWO CONTRACTS TO DEVELOP PROPOSALS FOR AN ALERTER SYSTEM THAT CANNOT BE RESET BY REFLEX ACTION. BASED ON YOUR RESPONSE, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED RECOMMENDATION R-91-26 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/28/1993
Response: FRA HAS AWARDED TWO CONTRACTS TO DEVELOP PROPOSALS TO MODIFY THE EXISTING ALERTER SYSTEMS SO THAT THEY CANNOT BE RESET BY REFLEX ACTION. REPORTS ARE DUE IN JULY THAT WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ON DEVELOPMENT OF A MODEL, WE ANTICIPATE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS ON THIS RECOMMENDATION BEFORE THE END OF 1993.