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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-93-026
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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 RECOMMEDS THE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION: 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 LOCOMOTIVIES 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: 1/4/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Public Transportation Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Public Transportation Association
Date: 1/4/2000
Response: COMPANION RECOMMENDATION R-93-26 ASKED THE APTA TO COOPERATE WITH THE FRA AND FTA DURING THE FEASIBILITY STUDY. BASED ON THE APTA'S COOPERATION, THE SAFETY BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-93-26 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: NTSB
To: American Public Transportation Association
Date: 4/1/1994
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE APTA IS COOPERATING WITH THE FRA IN STUDYING THE ISSUE. PLEASE KEEP US INFORMED OF THE RESULTS. PENDING RECEIPT OF THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-93-26 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: American Public Transportation Association
To: NTSB
Date: 2/10/1994
Response: JACK GILSTRAP, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF APTA STATED THAT HE HAS DIRECTED HIS STAFF TO REVIEW AND DISCUSS THE RECOMMENDATIONS WITH THE APPROPRIATE APTA AND TO WORK COOPERATIVELY WITH THE FRA IN ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES. APTA STAFF HAS MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FRA SPECIFICALLY REGARDING CRASHWORTHINESS ISSUES INVOLVING CAR BODY CORNER POST STRUCTURES ON SELF-PROPELLED PASSENGER CARS AND CONTROL CAB LOCOMOTIVES. THE MEETING CONTINUES THE DIALONG ALREADY UNDERWAY BETWEEN APTA AND FRA ON A BRAD SPECTRUM OF LOCOMOTIVE AND CAB CAR CRASHWORTHINESS AND ENVIRONMENT ISSUES. THEY INTEND TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH FRA ON THIS ISSUE, INCLUDING PARTICIPATING IN ANY RULEMAKING FRA MAY UNDERTAKE.