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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-91-030
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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 NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION: REVISE THE CARRIER'S OPERATING RULES 34 & 106 TO INCORPORATE SYSTEM WIDE THE LANGUAGE OF THE GEORGIA DIVISION SUPERINTENDENT'S BULLETIN 0-108, DATED 10/4/90, WHICH REQUIRES ALL CREWMEMBERS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE INDICATION OF EACH CONTROL SIGNAL TO THE ENGINEER.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 5/8/1992
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Norfolk Southern Corporation (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: 5/8/1992
Response: Safety Recommendation R-91-30 asked the NS to revise the Carrier's Operating Rules 34 and 106 to incorporate systemwide the language of the Georgia Division Superintendent's Bulletin O-108, dated October 4, 1990, which requires all crewmembers to acknowledge the indication of each control signal to the engineer. Your actions satisfy this recommendation's intent. Therefore, the Safety Board has classified Safety Recommendation R-91-30 as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 1/8/1992
Response: INSTRUCTIONS WERE ISSUED ON NOVEMBER 8, 1991, TO NSR'S CREWS. THESE INSTRUCTIONS REQUIRE CREW MEMBERS ON THE CONTROLLING LOCOMOTIVE TO COMMUNICATE BY RADIO THE NAME AND LOCATION OF EACH SIGNAL AFFECTING THEIR MOVEMENT.