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Safety Recommendation R-95-037
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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: THE BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY: LIMIT THE USE OF THE RESTRICTED PROCEED SIGNAL INDICATION TO SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH ITS ELIMINATION 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: 7/31/2003
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Illinois Central Railroad Company (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Illinois Central Railroad Company
Date: 7/31/2003
Response: The Safety Board notes that the CN has again reviewed its use of the restricted proceed signal indication and continues to believe that the use of this signal indication does not present a problem. Based on that review, Safety Recommendation R-95-37 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: Illinois Central Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 4/17/2003
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 4/29/2003 11:51:18 AM MC# 2030223 As noted in your letter, CN did respond to this recommendation on March 8, 2001 indicating that the railroad has not experienced any problems with restricted proceed indications. We have again reviewed our use of the restricted speed signal indication and continue to be of the view that it is being complied with by train crews and does not present a problem. As such, we see no reason to change its use at CN. We will, of course, continue to monitor compliance.

From: NTSB
To: Illinois Central Railroad Company
Date: 3/27/2003
Response: The Safety Board has not received a response to Safety Recommendations R-00-12, R-02-2, -11, or -12, and has received no further response to R-95-37. Because we did, however, receive the Canadian National's positive responses to Safety Recommendations H-02-12 and R-02-23, which were issued after these other recommendations, we are concerned that you may have inadvertently overlooked them. The Board is interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure that the public is provided the highest level of safety, and to identify creative solutions that might be shared with others. That is why we monitor the implementation of all our recommendations. We would appreciate receiving an update from you regarding actions taken or planned to implement the recommendations discussed above. Please address your response to Ms. Ellen G. Engleman, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, and refer to the recommendations by number in your response. Copies of the recommendation letters and associated correspondence are enclosed for your reference.

From: NTSB
To: Illinois Central Railroad Company
Date: 6/5/2001
Response: Your letter states that the CN/IC has not "experienced ‘restricted proceed’ problems." However, it is not clear to the Safety Board how or whether its use has been limited or eliminated. The Safety Board believes that the "restricted proceed" signal indication should not be used in general applications to control train movement and that the use of the restricted proceed signal indication should be limited to those circumstances, such as stopping a heavy train on a grade, where the elimination of the "restricted proceed" signal indication could present unreasonable operating difficulties. Pending clarification on how CN/IC has limited or eliminated the use of the "restricted proceed" signal indication, Safety Recommendation R-95-37 is classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: Illinois Central Railroad Company
To: NTSB
Date: 3/8/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 03/12/2001 7:05:43 PM MC# 2010218 We have not really experienced restricted proceed problems

From: NTSB
To: Illinois Central Railroad Company
Date: 1/11/2001
Response: The Safety Board would appreciate learning of any actions the Canadian National/Illinois Central has taken to address Safety Recommendations R-89-36, R-91-15, R-91-16, R-95-37, or R-96-3. Copies of the recommendation letters are enclosed for your convenience. Please address your reply to the Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, and refer to the safety recommendations in your response.