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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-92-020
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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: ESTABLISH RESPONSIBILITY IN THE OPERATING DEPARTMENT FOR DEVELOPING, ADMINISTERING, AND INTERPRETING, THE OPERATING RULES.
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: 9/23/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Signals, Transit

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
Date: 9/23/1993
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE NYCTA'S SENIOR DIRECTOR OF OPRATIONS SUPPORT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERPRETING AND DISTRIBUTING OPERATING RULES. BASED ON YOUR RESPONSE, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED RECOMMENDATION R-92-20 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
To: NTSB
Date: 7/15/1993
Response: NYCTA STATED THAT, WITHIN THE DIVISION OR RAPID TRANSIT OPERATIONS, THE SENIOR DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS SUPPORT AND REVIEW HS BEEN DESIGNATED AS THE INDIVIDUAL HAVING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INTERPRETATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF OPERATING RULES AND IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANY NEW RULES THAT MAY BE REQUIRED. ENFORCEMENT OF THE OPERATING RULES IS HANDLED BY MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISION IN THE FIELD. VIOLATIONS OF THE RULES ARE HANDLED BY THE RAPID TRANSIT OPERATION'S LABOR RELATIONS UNIT.

From: NTSB
To: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
Date: 4/23/1993
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE NYCTA HAS MADE THE SENIOR DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS SUPPORT & REVIEW RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERPRETING & DISTRIBUTING OPERATING RULES. IT IS NOT CLEAR, HOWEVER, WHETHER THAT SENIOR DIRECTOR WILL ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING & ADMINISTERING THE OPERATING RULES. PENDING CLARIFICATION, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-92-20 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
To: NTSB
Date: 1/27/1993
Response: NYCTA STATED THAT, WITHIN THE DIVISION OF RAPID TRANSIT OPERATIONS, THE SENIOR DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS SUPPORT AND REVIEW HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS THE INDIVIDUAL HAVING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INTERPRETATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF OPERATING RULES.