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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-95-038
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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 NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN RAILWAY 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 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: 2/13/2006
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Kansas City Southern Railway Company (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Kansas City Southern Railway Company
Date: 2/13/2006
Response: The Safety Board discussed this recommendation with KCSR through contact with Mr. Jerry W. Heavins, Vice President, International Engineering, and Mr. Dennis D. Marzec, Director, Rules and Operating Practices, who provided us a copy of KCSR's block signal rules. The Safety Board notes that the KCSR implemented the use of stop and proceed signals in its centralized traffic control and automatic block signal territories on July 5, 2003. The Safety Board further notes that some of these signals are "permissive," meaning that a train may pass the signal without stopping, but must proceed at a restricted speed. The KCSR has limited the use of permissive signals to those situations that would present unreasonable operating difficulties to the crew; for example, when a train is traversing a severe ascending grade. Based on KCSR's policy for limited use of permissive signals, Safety Recommendation R-95-38 is classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Kansas City Southern Railway Company
To: NTSB
Date: 10/14/2005
Response: The attached are our block signal rules. We do not have rules that state where will use "Permissive" signals. We determine the use of the "Permissive" signals by reviewing the grade conditions for the territory. An example would be where a train is traversing an ascending grade and grade is severe enough that the train would not be able to be restarted if stopped, then we would use a "Permissive" signal at that signal.

From: NTSB
To: Kansas City Southern Railway Company
Date: 9/16/2004
Response: Could you provide me with an update on the status of this recommendation?

From: NTSB
To: Kansas City Southern Railway Company
Date: 1/27/2003
Response: With the exception of R-99-25, mentioned above, the Safety Board has received no information from KCS regarding these recommendations. (We note that Safety Recommendation H-02-12 was only recently issued). 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 information from you regarding actions taken or planned to implement these recommendations. Please address your response to Mr. John A. Hammerschmidt, Acting Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, and refer to the recommendations by number in your response. Copies of the recommendation letters are enclosed for your reference.

From: NTSB
To: Kansas City Southern Railway Company
Date: 7/14/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE LEARNING OF ANY ACTIONS THE KCS HAS TAKEN OR INTENDS TO TAKE TO ADDRESS R-95-38.