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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-93-021
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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.: INSTRUCT DISPATCHERS ON THE USE OF TERMINOLOGY THAT CAN BE READILY UNDERSTOOD BY LOCAL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WHEN ADVISING THEM OF TRAIN LOCATIONS AFTER AN ACCIDENT.
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: SafetyRecommendation R-93-21 asked CSXT to instruct dispatchers on the use of terminology that can be readily understood by local emergency personnel when advising them of train locations after an accident. The Safety Board is pleased that CSXT has informed its dispatcners of the importance of not using railroad terminology when giving directions to law enforcement and emergency responders and that CSXT will include this point in its annual operating rules classes. Based on your response the Safety Board has classified Safety Recommendation R-93-21 "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 4/15/1994
Response: As you have recommended, our dispatchers have been instructed on the use of terminology that can be readily understood by local emergency personnel (see attachment 2).