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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-93-020
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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.: MAINTAIN AN UP-TO-DATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TELEPHONE LIST.
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: 12/5/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: CSX Transportation, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 8/22/2000
Response: Thank you for your July 17 letter concerning Safety Recommendation R-93-20. We have aggressively addressed this issue, and I apologize for not keeping the NTSB up to date on our actions. Shortly after the Lugoff incident, we began to compile a database of emergency numbers and information referenced by railroad milepost. This was later automated and made available through our company mainframe computer system, accessible through the “EMER” screen. As our needs expanded, we revised our database and made improvements to the system. This last revision was done in 1998 and is accessible through the “EMSR” screen. A DOT road crossing number, milepost, state, county or state can access the data on the EMSR screen. The data base is maintained by our Police and Special Service Department and is available to all field personnel, dispatchers, railroad police, and operation center personnel. All relative information from the acquired Conrail territory is included in the database. If you need additional information on our systems, please feel free to call John Drake, General Manager Rules and Operating Practices at (904) 359-7653.

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 4/28/1995
Response: Concerning the reference therein to NTSB’s recommendation R-93-020, our previous response to Mr. Michael Martin of NTSB outlined our procedures for accessing emergency response telephone numbers via computer (copy attached for your convenience.)

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 3/9/1995
Response: This is in reference to your letter dated February 18, 1995, concerning NTSB’s recommendation R-98-O20. As you indicated, we responded to this recommendation on April 15, 1994. Unfortunately, we have evidently misplaced your follow-up letter of July 8, 1994, advising that our response was classified as an “OPEN-ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE” and for us to advise when the subject projects were completed. We appreciate this opportunity to inform you that the emergency contact notebooks for each division were completed in August 1994 and the computerization of emergency number by milepost was completed in September 1994. As indicated in your recommendation, you received a copy of one of the notebooks. Attached is a copy of the instructions issued to applicable individuals instructing them on accessing the emergency response telephone list via computer. We apologize for this late response and hope you will please advise if we may be of further assistance.

From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 7/8/1994
Response: Safety Recommendation R-93-20 asked CSXT to maintain an up-to-date emergency response telephone list. The Safety Board is pleased to receive a copy of the emergency contact notebook that is being prepared for each division and to learn that computerization of emergency numbers by milepost is underway. Please inform us when those projects are complete. Pending notification of the completion of those projects, the Safety Board has classified Safety Recommendation R-93-20 "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 4/15/1994
Response: Attachment 1 is a copy of one of our division's emergency contact notebooks. The "timetable" formatted subdivisions are further broken down by the responsible county through which we operate. We have completed nine of these division notebooks and are continuously working on the remaining six. This should be finished by June 1, 1994. In addition to these hardcopies, our Technology Group is working on a similar computerized program which will furnish us the appropriate emergency numbers by simply entering the name of a station or even just a field milepost. This should be finalized no later than July 1, 1994.