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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-94-015
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Synopsis: ON NOVEMBER 11, 1993, ABOUT 12:24 A.M. PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, A BURLINGTON NORTHERN (BN) FREIGHT TRAIN COLLIDED HEAD ON WITH A UNION PACIFIC (UP) FREIGHT TRAIN AT BN MILEPOST 102.8 SOUTH OF THE LONGVIEW JUNCTION SOUTH INTERLOCKING NEAR KELSO, WASHINGTON. AS A RESULT OF THE ACCIDENT ALL FIVE CREWMEMBERS FROM BOTH TRAINS WERE KILLED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ASSOCIATION: IDENTIFY POSSIBLE USES FOR POSITIVE TRAIN SEPARATION CONTROL SYSTEMS DATA AND INFORMATION AND CONDUCT A STUDY TO IDENTIFY WAYS IN WHICH THIS INFORMATION CAN BE USED TO ENHANCE GRADE CROSSING SAFETY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: KELSO, WA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94MR001
Accident Reports: Head-On Collision and Derailment of Burlington Northern Freight Train with Union Pacific Freight Train
Report #: RAR-94-02
Accident Date: 11/11/1993
Issue Date: 11/23/1994
Date Closed: 11/8/1995
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FRA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Positive Train Control

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 11/8/1995
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE FRA IS WORKING T0 IDENTIFY ALL INHERENT SAFETY BENEFITS OF PTS CONROL SYSTEMS & ALL AUXILIARY APPLICATION THAT MAY BE INTEGRATED INTO SUCH SYSTEMS. THE BOARD IS ALSO RELASED PLEASED NOTE THE FRA'S INTENTION TO IDENTIFY CANDIDATE TECHNOLOGY FOR FIEDL TRAIIELD THE TRANSPORTATION TEST CENTER & FOR EXPLORATION WITH THE UP/BN NORTHWEST PROJECT. THE BOARD REQUESTS THAT THE FRA PROVIDE PERIODIC UPDATES OF ITS PROGRESS. THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-94-15 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/24/1995
Response: JOLENE MOLITORIS - ADMINISTRATOR STATED THAT FRA IS STRONGLY AGREES THAT OPPORTUNITIES RELATED TO HIGHWAY-RAIL GRADE CROSSING SAFETY DESERVE SPECIAL ATTENTION. FRA FULLY SUPPORTS THE EXPLORATION OF ALL OPTIONS FOR INTEGRATION OF PTC SYSTEMS WITH TECHNOLOGIES THAT MAY ENHANCE SAFETY AT HIGHWAY-RAIL GRADE CROSSINGS. THE OPTIONS INCLUDE USE OF PTC DATA TO ACTIVATE WARNING DEVICES AT CROSSINGS, COMMUNCATION WITH PRIORITY VEHICLES THAT MAY BE USING THE CROSSING, DETECTION OF STALLED VEHICLES WITH WARNING TO THE TRAIN, APPLICATION OF INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS AT PRIVATE CROSSINGS, & OTHER POSSIBILITIES. THE CHALLENGE BEFORE US IS TO DEMONSTRATE COST-EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN ENHANCE SAFETY WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF A BALANCE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.