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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-95-044
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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 FRA: SEPARATE THE TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN REQUIREMENTS FROM THE POWER BRAKE LAW NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING, & IMMEDIATELY CONCLUDE THE END-OF-TRAIN DEVICE RULEMAKING SO AS TO REQUIRE THE USE OF TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN TELEMETRY DEVICES ON ALL CABOOSELESS TRAINS.
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: 6/30/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FRA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 6/30/1997
Response: THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT THE FRA HAS COMPLETED THE RULEMAKING REQUESTED BY THIS RECOMMENDATION &, THEREFORE HAS CLASSIFIED R-95-44 'CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/7/1997
Response: JOLENE MOLITORIS STATED THAT THE FRA PUBLISHED ON 1/2/97, THE FINAL RULE SETTING MINIMUM PERFORMANCE & OPERATIONAL STANDARDS FOR TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN DEVICES & REQUIRING THEIR USE ON A VARIETY OF FREIGHT TRAINS. THE REGULATION WILL BE EFFECTIVE ON 7/1/97.

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/10/1996
Response: DATE AN ERROR

From: NTSB
To: FRA
Date: 5/14/1996
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE FRA AGREES WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION & THAT IT HELD A PUBLIC REGULATORY CONFERENCE ON THIS MATTER ON 3/5/96. THE BOARD ALSO IS AWARE OF VOLUNTARY COMMITMENTS MADE BY THE INDUSTRY TO EQUIP ITS TRAINS & OF THE MOST RECENT EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED BY THE FRA TO FREIGHT RAILROADS CONCERNING END-OF TRAIN DEVICES. THE BOARD CONTINUES TO LOOK TO THE FRA TO COMPLETE THE RULEMAKING EXPEDITIOUSLY & TO PROMPTLY ISSUE A FINAL RULE RESPONSIVE TO THIS RECOMMENDATION SINCE THE FRA IS TAKING THE RECOMMEND ACTION, THE BOARD CLASSIFIES R-95-44 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FRA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/1/1996
Response: THE FRA STATED THAT THEY AGREED WITH THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATION. IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND DUE TO STATUTORY AS WELL AS INTERNAL COMMITMENTS, FRA INTENDS TO SEPARATE THE ISSUES RELATED TO TWO-WAY END-OF-TRAIN DEVICES FROM THE POWER BRAKE ISSUES. THEY WILL BE ADDRESSED IN THE PUBLIC REGULATORY CONFERENCE SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED. A FINAL RULE WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE.