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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-92-018
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Synopsis: ABOUT 12:12 A.M. ON AUGUST 28, 1991, A NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY (NYCTA) 10-CAR SUBWAY TRAIN DERAILED AT A CROSSOVER, STRIKING STEEL COLUMNS AND CONCRETE SUPPORTS AT THE UNION SQUARE STATION (14TH STREET). OF THE 216 PASSENGERS ON BOARD, 5 PASSENGERS (ALL IN THE FIRST CAR) WERE FATALLY INJURED. ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-ONE PASSENGERS AND 24 RESCUE PERSONNEL WERE TRANSPORTED TO 13 AREA HOSPITALS FOR THE TREATMENT OF POSSIBLE INJURIES. OF THE 145 PERSONS TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITALS, 16 WERE ADMITTED AND 129 WERE TREATED AND RELEASED. DAMAGE TO THE TRAIN INCLUDED THE DESTRUCTION OF TWO CARS (1440 AND 1437) AND SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO OTHER CARS. IN ADDITION, 23 STEEL COLUMNS SUPPORTING THE OVERHEAD ROADWAY (SOUTH PARK AVENUE) WERE DAMAGED, RESULTING IN A 1/2-INCH TO 1 1/4-INCH SETTLEMENT OF THE ROADWAY. NYCTA ESTIMATES THAT THE COST OF ACCIDENT DAMAGE, CLEANUP, AND TRACK REPLACEMENT WILL EXCEED $5 MILLION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY: PROVIDE RETRAINING ALL SUPERVISORS WHO HAD RECEIVED SHORTER VERSIONS OF THE PRESENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TRAINING COURSE. ALSO, PROVIDE PERIODIC REFRESHER TRAINING IN DRUG AND ALCOHOL DETECTION FOR SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL, SUCH AS DISPATCHERS, AND OTHER NYCTA EMPLOYEES WHO ARE REQUIRED TO MONITOR THE FITNESS FOR DUTY OF OPERATING CREWMEMBERS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: NEW YORK CITY, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA91MR008
Accident Reports: ​New York City Transit Authority Derailment at Union Square Station
Report #: RAR-92-03-SUM
Accident Date: 8/28/1991
Issue Date: 12/21/1992
Date Closed: 4/23/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Alcohol, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
Date: 4/23/1993
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE NYCTA NOW HAS A TRAINING PROGRAM CALLED "SUBSTANCE ABUSE AWARENESS" FOR THE DIVISION OF RAPID TRANSIT OPERATIONS & THAT ALL THE SUPERVISORS IN THAT DIVISION ARE SCHEDULED TO ATTEND REFRESHER TRAINING IN DRUG & ALCOHOL DETECTION EVERY 2 YEARS. THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-92-18 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
To: NTSB
Date: 1/27/1993
Response: NYCTA STATED THAT IN JANUARY 1992, DIVISION OF RAPID TRANSIT OPERATIONS' MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS BEGAN ATTENDING THE "SUBSTANCE ABUSE AWARENESS" COURSE OFFERED BY EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING. AS OF NOVEMBER 30, 113 MANAGERS AND 774 SUPERVISORS HAD ATTENDED THE COURSE. ALL DIVISION OF RAPID TRANSIT OPERATIONS' SUPERVISORS WILL BE SCHEDULED TO ATTEND REFRESHER TRAINING IN DRUG AND ALCOHOL DETECTION EVERY TWO YEARS.