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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-023
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Synopsis: ABOUT 6:12 A.M. ON 6/5/95, A NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT (NYCT) SOUTHBOUND SUBWAY TRAIN TRAVELING AT MAXIMUM ATTAINABLE SPEED PASSED A RED SIGNAL & COLLIDED WITH THE REAR CAR OF ANOTHER NYCT SUBWAY TRAIN THAT WAS STOPPED ON THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE, WHICH SPANS THE EAST RIVER & WHICH LINKS THE BOROUGHS OF BROOKLYN & MANHATTAN. THE OPERATOR OF THE STRIKING TRAIN WAS FATALLY INJURED WHEN THE LEAD CAR OF HIS TRAIN PARTIALLY TELESCOPED INTO THE REAR CAR OF THE STRUCK TRAIN & HIS CAB WAS TOTALLY CRUSHED. SIXTY-SEVEN PASSENGERS & TWO EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WERE TREATED AT AREA HOSPITALS FOR SERIOUS OR MINOR INJURIES RESULTING FROM THE ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT: CLARIFY RULE 40 (M) TO ENSURE THAT THE REQUIREMENT FOR TRAIN OPERATORS TO NOTIFY THE COMMAND CENTER WHEN THEY ARE STOPPED AT A RED SIGNAL IS INDEPENDENT OF THE PROCEDURES FOR KEYING BY A RED SIGNAL.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: BROOKLYN, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA95MR003
Accident Reports:
​Collision Involving Two New York City Subway Trains on the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, June 5, 1995
Report #: RAR-96-03
Accident Date: 6/5/1995
Issue Date: 9/11/1996
Date Closed: 12/12/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Transit

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
Date: 12/12/1997
Response: "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
To: NTSB
Date: 12/2/1996
Response: As indicated in the NTSB report, RTO has addressed the question of interpreting Rule 40(M) in the past and issued Positive Compliance Directive 95-01 to all Train Operators. The directive delineates the procedure for contacting the Control Center as well as the procedure for keying-by red automatic signals. To ensure that there is no confusion in interpreting this rule, RTO has revised Rule 40(M).

From: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
To: NTSB
Date: 9/30/1996
Response: