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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-93-025
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Synopsis: AT 9:34 A.M. ON JANUARY 18, 1993, NORTHERN INDIANA COMMUTER TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT (NICTD) EASTBOUND COMMUTER TRAIN 7, TRAVELING FROM CHICAGO ILLINOIS, TO SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, AND NICTD WESTBOUND COMMUTER TRAIN 12, TRAVELING FROM SOUTH BEND TO CHICAGO, COLLIDED AT MILE POST (MP) 61.1 IN GARY, INDIANA. TRAIN 7 AND TRAIN 12 CONSISTED OF TWO AND OF THREE PASSENGER CARS, RESPECTIVELY. TRAIN 7 PASSED A STOP SIGNAL AT MP 61.2, AND ITS LEAD CAR 27 BLOCKED WESTBOUND TRAFFIC WHERE THE TRACKS INTERSECT. AFTER TRAIN 12 CROSSED THE GARY GAUNTLET BRIDGE, THE LEFT FRONT CORNER OF ITS LEAD CAR 36 STRUCK THE LEFT FRONT CORNER OF THE TRAIN 7 LEAD CAR 27. AS A RESULT OF THE COLLISION, 7 PASSENGERS DIED AND 95 PEOPLE SUSTAINED INJUREIS. THE ESTIMATED DAMAGE FOR BOTH TRAIN WAS $854,000.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION: COOPERATE WITH THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF PROVIDING CAR BODY CORNER POST STRUCTURES ON ALL SELF-PROPELLED PASSENGER CARS AND CONTROL CAB LOCOMOTIVES TO AFFORD OCCUPANT PROTECTION DURING CORNER COLLISIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: GARY, IN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA93MR002
Accident Reports: Collision between Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Eastbound Train 7 and Westbound Train 12
Report #: RAR-93-03
Accident Date: 1/18/1993
Issue Date: 1/7/1994
Date Closed: 1/11/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FTA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date: 1/11/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE FTA WORKED WITH THE FRA DURING THE DEVELOPMENT OF PASSENGER EQUIPMENT SAFETY STANDARDS, WHICH BECAME EFFECTIVE JULY 12, 1999, THAT REQUIRE CORNER POST STRUCTURES.. ACCORDINGLY, THE SAFETY BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-93-25 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FTA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/1/1999
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 5/6/99 5:09:54 PM MC# 990477 FTA HAS CONCURRED IN THE FRA'S FINAL RULE ON PASSENGER EQUIPMENT SAFETY STANDARDS WHICH ADDRESSES THE NTSB'S RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING COLLISION POSTS.

From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date: 4/22/1994
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE FTA INTENDS TO COOPERATE WITH FRA IN RESPONDING TO THIS RECOMMENDATION. PENDING RECEIPT OF FURTHER INFO REGARDING THE STUDY, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES R-93-25 "OPEN--ACCPETABLE RESPONSE."

From: FTA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/17/1994
Response: GORDON J. LINTON, ADMINISTRATOR OF THE FTA STATED THAT THEY WILL BE COOPERATING WITH THE ORGANIZATIONS NOTED IN THE RECOMMENDATION IN REVIEWING THE NEED FOR THE PROVISION OF A CORNER POST STRUCTURE ON ALL SELF-PROPELLED PASSENGER CARS & CONTROL CAB LOCOMOTIVES.