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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-93-019
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Synopsis: ON JULY 31, 1991, NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION (AMTRAK) TRAIN 82, SILVER STAR, WAS EN ROUTE FROM TAMPA, FLORIDA TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK. THE TRAIN CONSISTED OF 2 DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES, 3 BAGGAGE CARS, AND 15 PASSENGER CARS. AT 5:01 A.M., ITS LAST SIX PASSENGER CARS DERAILED AT MILEPOST S329.6 ON CSX TRANSPORTATION INC. (CSXT) TRACK IN LUGOFF, SOUTH CAROLINA. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED NEAR THE E.I. DUPONT MAY PLANT ON A SINGLE MAIN TRACK THAT HAS A PARALLEL AUXILIARY TRACK, WHICH IS KNOWN AS THE DUPONT SIDING. THE DERAILMENT OCCURRED AT THE ORLON CROSSOVER SWITCH THAT CONNECTS THE MAIN TRACK AND THE AUXILIARY TRACK. THE DERAILED PASSENGER CARS COLLIDED WITH THE FIRST OF NINE HOPPER CARS THAT WERE STORED AT THE SIDING. SIX OPERATING CREWMEMBERS 16 ON-BOARD SERVICE CREWMEMBERS, AND 407 PASSENGERS WERE ON THE TRAIN. TWELVE ON-BOARD SERVICE CREWMEMBERS AND 53 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES, 12 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES AND 8 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE CSX TRANSPORTATION INC.: REVIEW AND REVISE, AS NECESSARY, MANPOWER SCHEDULES FOR TRACK AND SWITCH INSPECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE TRACK AND SWITCH STANDARDS OF THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION AND THE CSX TRANSPORTATION INC. CAN BE MET.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: LUGOFF, SC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA91MR007
Accident Reports: Derailment and Subsequent Collision of Amtrak Train 82 with rail cars on Dupont Siding of CSX Transportation Inc.
Report #: RAR-93-02
Accident Date: 7/31/1991
Issue Date: 11/30/1993
Date Closed: 7/8/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: CSX Transportation, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 7/8/1994
Response: Safety Recommendation R-93-19 asked CSXTto review and revise, as necessary, manpower schedules for track and switch inspections to ensure that the track and switch standards of the Federal Railroad Administration and CSXT can be met. The Safety Board is pleased that CSXT is continuously reviewing the extent of the territory each track inspector has to inspect, the amount of time the inspector is allowed for doing the inspection, and the number of switches involved in the inspection. We also note the use of the inspection log to ensure that enough inspectors are assigned. Based on your response, the Safety Board has classified Safety Recommendation R-93-19 "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 4/15/1994
Response: CSXT will continue to review manpower requirements in all areas of the Engineering Department. A track inspector's territory and allocated time for inspecting the track is one of these areas. The number of switches, both main line and yard, is taken into account. The addition of blue hat men in major terminals throughout the system permits the track inspector to concentrate more of his time on the main line inspections. The blue hat men are qualified to inspect and repair switches. The new turnout inspection log will be used to monitor each roadmaster's territory to ensure that there are sufficient inspectors assigned.