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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-93-023
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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 NIE 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, 1`2 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES AND 8 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION: REQUIRE THAT ALL ON-BOARD SERVICE PERSONNEL PERIODICALLY TAKE TRAINING IN THE EMERGENCY OPERATING RULES IN FIRST AID, CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION, AND THE USE OF THE PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM DURING TRAIN EMERGENCIES.
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: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Medical, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 12/5/2000
Response: The Safety Board is pleased to learn that Amtrak now provides all on-board crew members with comprehensive training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the proper use of the public address system. In addition, Amtrak's Passenger Railroad Emergency Preparedness and Response Education training course is required to be given every 2 years and meets applicable Federal Railroad Administration requirements. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation R-93-23 is classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 6/23/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 06/30/2000 1:51:52 PM MC# 2000834 All Amtrak on board crew members are currently being trained in a comprehensive training program consisting of the following: cardiopulmonary resuscitation, emergency first care, prevention of disease transmission, communication procedures, situational awareness, passenger evacuation, rail equipment familiarization, and the interface and coordination of these functions. This training course is called P.R.E.P.A.R.E. (Passenger Railroad Emergency Preparedness and Response Education) and is required every two (2) years under Amtrak's minimum training requirements, complying with 49 CFR Part 239, issued by the Federal Railroad Administration.

From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 4/5/2000
Response: ON 4/5/00, A MEETING WAS HELD BETWEEN NTSB STAFF AND AMTRAK CONCERNING THE STATUS/ACTIVITY FOR THIS RECOMMENDATION. AMTRAK WILL PROVIDE A WRITTEN RESPONSE BASED ON THE OUTCOME OF THE MEETING.

From: NTSB
To: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Date: 2/10/1994
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT AMTRAK AGREES THAT THE RECOMMENDATION HAS MERIT AND HAS FORMED A COMMITTEE TO DEVELOP A PROGRAM ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES. WITH REGARD TO THE INVITATION TO BOARD STAFF, A MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONES UNTIL YOUR NEWLY FORMED COMMITTEE COULD BEGIN ITS REVIEW OF THE ISSUES. UNTIL THE BOARD HAS HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO EVALUATE THE PROGRAM'S CONTENT, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED RECOMMENDATION R-93-23 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
To: NTSB
Date: 12/27/1993
Response: NORRIS W. OVERTON, ACTING PRESIDENT STATED THAT AMTRAK CONCURS WITH THE MERIT OF THE RECOMMENDATION. A COMMITTEE IS BEING FORMED TO DEVELOP AN APPROPRIATE PROGRAM WHICH WILL ADDRESS THESE ISSUES. HE CLOSED BY PROPOSING A MEETING IN LATE JANUARY 1994 TO DISCUSS THE PROJECT.