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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-95-036
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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: NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS: INFORM YOUR MEMBERS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS ACCIDENT & 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 Alternate 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: 3/12/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of American Railroads (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 3/12/1997
Response: THE BOARD WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE AAR HAS TOLD ITS MEMBER RAILROADS ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS ACCIDENT & ABOUT THE SAFETY RECOMMENDATION. THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT THE AAR CANNOT MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT ITS MEMBER'S PARTICULAR OPERATING PRACTICES. THE BOARD HAS SENT INDIVIDUAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO THOSE CARRIERS THAT USE RESTRICTED PROCEED SIGNAL INDICATIONS. THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED NORFOLK SOUTHERN'S (NS) AGGRESSIVE RULES ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AS A ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVE ACTION WHICH PERMITS THE RAILROAD TO USE OTHER WAYS TO MEET THE SAFETY OBJECTIVE OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. HOWEVER, THE NS'S USE OF THE RESTRICTED PROCEED SIGNAL INDICATION WILL REQUIRE VIGILANCE BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL FOR A COLLISION; THE NS HAS ACCEPTED THAT RESPONSIBILITY. THE BOARD MADE THIS RECOMMENDATION TO THE AAR WAS TO ENSURE BOARD DISSEMINATION TO ITS MEMBERS THAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERING ADOPTING THE RESTRICTED PROCEED OPERATING PRACTICE OF THE BOARD'S POSITION. THE BOARD ACCEPTS MR. HARPER'S ASSERTION THAT, BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUENESS OF INDIVIDUAL OPERATIONS, THE AAR IS NOT IN A POSITION TO RECOMMEND OPERATING PRACTICES. THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-95-36 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATE ACTION."

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 10/2/1996
Response: MR. EDWIN L. HARPER, (FORMER) PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER RESPONDED THAT THE AAR HAS INFORMED ITS MEMBERS OF THE RECOMMENDATION THROUGH ITS OPERATIONS GENERAL COMMITTEE. THE AAR ALSO STATED THAT IT IS NOT IN A POSITION TO RECOMMEND OPERATING PRACTICES BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUENESS OF RAILROAD OPERATIONS ON SPECIFIC RAILROAD. HE ALSO PRAISED THE BOARD FOR ACCEPTING ALTERNATIVE RESPONSES TO THE RECOMMENDED ACTION SUCH AS THE NS'S STRICT ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM.