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Safety Recommendation R-95-041
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Synopsis: ABOUT 5:21 A.M., PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, ON 12/14/94, A WESTBOUND ATCHISON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILWAY COMPANY (SANTE FE) INTERMODAL TRAIN, PBHLA1-10, COLLIDED WITH THE REAR END OF A STANDING WESTBOUND UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY (UP) UNIT COAL TRAIN, CUWLA-10, AT MILEPOST 61.55, NEAR CAJON, CALIFORNIA, ON THE CAJON SUBDIVISION OF THE SANTA FE'S SAN BERNARDINO DIVISION. THE TWO CREWMEMBERS FROM THE SANTE FE TRAIN WERE INJURED WHEN THEY JUMPED FROM THE MOVING TRAIN BEFORE THE COLLISION. TWO HELPER CREWMEMBERS ON THE REAR OF UP TRAIN DETRAINED BEFORE THE COLLISION BECAUSE THEY HAD HEARD RADIO CONVERSATIONS AMONG THE SANTE FE CREWMEMBERS, THE TRAIN DISPATCHER, & UP CREWMEMBERS. AS A RESULT OF THE COLLISIONS, A FIRE BROKE OUT THAT BURNED THE TWO UP HELPER LOCOMOTIVE UNITS. FOUR SANTA FE LOCOMOTIVE UNITS & THREE ARTICULATED FIVE-PACK DOUBLE-STACK CONTAINER CARS WERE ALSO DESTROYED. TOTAL ESTIMAED DAMAGES WERE $4,012,900.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS: PENDING THE ADOPTION OF A FORMAL RULE BY THE FRA, RECOMMEND THE USE OF TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN TELEMETRY DEVICES ON ALL CABOOSELESS TRAINS BY 3/31/96.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Cajon, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: LEX95MR005
Accident Reports: Rear-End Collision of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Freight Train PBHLA1-10 and Union Pacific Railroad Freight Train CUWLA-10
Report #: RAR-95-03
Accident Date: 12/14/1994
Issue Date: 12/15/1995
Date Closed: 3/7/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of American Railroads (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 3/7/1997
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE AAR'S MEMBER RAILROADS ARE COMMITTED TO AN AGGRESSIVE SCHEDULE FOR INSTALLING EOT DEVICES BEFORE THE STATUTORY DEADLINE OF 12/31/97. WHILE WE CONSIDER EXCESSIVE THE LENGTH OF TIME IT HAS TAKEN TO GET THE DEVICES IN PLACE, WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE RAILROADS ARE ACTING VOLUNTARILY. THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED RECOMMENDATION R-95-41 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 6/12/1996
Response: MR. EDWIN L. HARPER, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (SINCE DEPARTED) RESPONDED ON 6/12/96, THAT AAR'S MEMBER RAILROADS ARE COMMITTED TO AN AGGRESSIVE SCHEDULE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE EOT MANDATE IN ADVANCE OF THE STATUTORY DEADLINE & HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN FULFILLNG THAT COMMITMENT.