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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-95-035
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Synopsis: ABOUT 3:25 A.M., MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME, ON 6/8/94, THREE BURLINGTON NORTHERN (BN) FREIGHT TRAINS WERE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT. AN EASTBOUND TRAIN THAT HAD STOPPED FOR A TRAIN AHEAD WAS STRUCK IN THE REAR BY A FOLLOWING EASTBOUND TRAIN. BEFORE THE COLLISION, THE STRIKING EASTBOUND TRAIN HAD PASSED RESTRICTED PROCEED SIGNAL INDICATION AT HIGH SPEED WITHOUT APPRECIABLY SLOWING. THE LEAD UNIT OF THE STRIKING TRAIN DERAILED & CAME TO REST ON AN ADJACENT TRACK WHERE IT WAS HIT BY A WESTBOUND TRAIN. THE ENGINEER & CONDUCTOR OF THE STRIKING EASTBOUND TRAIN WERE KILLED & THE ENGINEER & CONDUCTOR OF THE WESTBOUND TRAIN WERE INJURED. DAMAGES TO TRACK, EQUIPMENT, & LADING WERE ESTIMATED AT $2.5 MILLION.
Recommendation: TO THE AMERICAN SHORTLINE RAILROAD ASSOCIATION: Inform your members of the circumstances of this accident and recommend that use of a restricted proceed signal indication be limited to those special circumstances where prohibition would present unreasonable operating difficulties.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: THEDFORD, NE, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA94MR005
Accident Reports: Collision and Derailment Involving Three Burlington Northern Freight Trains
Report #: RAR-95-03
Accident Date: 6/8/1994
Issue Date: 9/18/1995
Date Closed: 12/4/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Date: 12/4/2000
Response: On October 11, 1995, the ASLRRA distributed information on the circumstances of this accident to its members. The ASLRRA also suggested that the use of this signal indication should be discussed in its members' engineering certification safety meetings. As these actions satisfy the recommendation, Safety Recommendation R-95-35 is classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
To: NTSB
Date: 8/1/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 08/21/2000 4:18:56 PM MC# 2001115 1. Mr. Matthew B. Reilly, Jr., Executive Director, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. On October 11, 1995 we distributed to our membership a letter (copy attached for your reference) on this recommendation. I believe the letter complies with the recommendation and suggest that this Safety Recommendation be closed.