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Safety Recommendation R-95-023
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Synopsis: AT 4:36 A.M. ON 5/16/94, THE SOUTHBOUND NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION (AMTRAK) TRAIN 87, SILVER METEOR, COLLIDED WITH AN INTERMODAL TRAILER THAT HAD EITHER FALLEN OR WAS FALLING FROM A FLAT CAR ON THE PASSING NORTHBOUND CSX TRANSPORTATION INC. FREIGHT TRAIN R176-15 (CSXT 176) AT SELMA, NORTH CAROLINA. AMTRAK TRAIN 87 CONSISTED OF A TWO-UNIT LOCOMOTIVE & 18 CARS; CSXT 176 CONSISTED OF A THREE-UNIT LOCOMOTIVE & 52 CARS. ALL BUT THE LAST CAR OF AMTRAK TRAIN 87 DERAILED, & THE NEXT TO THE LAST CAR ON CSXT 176 ALSO DERAILED. ON AMTRAK TRAIN 87, THE ASSISTANT ENGINEER WAS KILLED, THE ENGINEER SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES, & 1 ON-BOARD SERVICE CREWMEMBER & 119 PASSENGERS RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. THE OPERATING CREW ON CSXT 176 SUSTAINED NO INJURIES. THE NTSB DETERMINED THAT THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THE DERAILMENT OF AMTRAK TRAIN 87 WAS THE FAILURE OF THE CSX INTERMODAL CORPORATION (CSXI) LOADING CREW TO PROPERLY SECURE THE INTERMODAL TRAILER TO THE FLAT CAR ON CSXT 176 & THE FAILURE OF CSXI TO HAVE IN PLACE A COMPREHENSIVE INSPECTION PROGRAM.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS: ADVISE THE NTSB WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE PROGRESS TOWARD DEVELOPING & MAINTAINING A DATA BASE TO ACCUMULATE ALL INCIDENTS THT INVOLVE UNSAFE CONDITIONS FOR TOFC/COFC SHIPMENTS, INCLUDING TRAILERS FOUND UNSECURED, TRAILERS FALLING FROM FLAT CARS, &/OR ACTS OF VANDALISM. ALSO, IMPLEMENT THE USE OF THIS DATA BASE BY 12/31/95.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: SELMA, NC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94MR004
Accident Reports: Amtrak Train 87 Derailment after Colliding with Intermodal Trailer from CSXT Train 176
Report #: RAR-95-02
Accident Date: 5/16/1994
Issue Date: 3/29/1995
Date Closed: 3/20/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of American Railroads (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 3/20/1996
Response: ( FOLLOWUP LETTERS 10/2/95 & 12/30/95) THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE AAR HAS IMPLEMENTED THE INCIDENT REPORTING SYSTEM AS REQUESTED ABY THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-95-23 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 10/2/1995
Response: MR. P.T. AMEEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AAR FURNISHED A COPY OF EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT C. E. DETTMANN'S 10/31/95, LETTER IMPLEMENTING AN INCIDENT REPORTING SYSTEM EFFECTIVE ON 1/1/96.