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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-024
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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: ENSURE THROUGH TRAINING, RETRAINING, & TESTING THAT EMPLOYEES UNDERSTAND & CONSISTENTLY ADHERE TO OPERATING PROCEDURE AT RULE 40 (M) REQUIRING THAT THEY IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE COMMAND CENTER WHEN THEY STOP THEIR TRAIN AT A RED AUTOMATIC 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): Training and Education, 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: The revised Rule 40(M) has been rewritten to clearly delineate the appropriate procedure for contacting the Control Center when encountering a red automatic signal. The revised rule 40(M) will eliminate the confusion outlined in the NTSB report. The revision also establishes a very clear distinction between Rule 40(M) and 40(N) Procedure for passing (Key-:By) red automatic signals. RTO will direct all our Train Service Supervisors to include a review of Rule ’ 40(M) and 40(N) in all signal related critiques and refresher courses. NYCT will continue to emphasize thorough training, retraining and testing to ensure that all employees understand and adhere to these rules.

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