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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-068
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Synopsis: ABOUT 4:10 A.M. ON 2/1/96, ATCHISON, TOPEKA & SANTA FE RAILWAY COMPANY (ATSF) FREIGHT TRAIN H-BALT1-31, EN ROUTE FROM BARSTOW, CALIFORNIA, TO LOS ANGELES, WAS TRAVELING WESTBOUND ON THE ATSF SOUTH MAIN TRACK WHEN IT DERAILED AT MILEPOST 60.4 NEAR CAJON JUNCTION, CALIFORNIA. AFTER THE DERAILMENT & THE SUBSEQUENT RAIL CAR PILEUP, WHICH INVOLVED FIVE CARS CONTAINING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, A FIRE IGNITED THAT ENGULFED THE TRAIN & THE SURROUNDING AREA. THE CONDUCTOR & THE BRAKEMAN SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES; THE ENGINEER SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE BURLINGTON NORTHERN & SANTA FE RAILWAY COMPANY: PROVIDE ITS CARMEN WITH READILY AVAILABLE MEANS TO IDENTIFY THE PROPER DESIGN OR SPECIFIC TYPE OF END-OF-CAR HOSE ARRANGEMENT ON CUSHIONED UNDERFRAME CARS TO PRECLUDE A POSSIBLE IMPROPER REPAIR OR MODIFICATION.
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 #: DCA96MR002
Accident Reports: Derailment of Freight Train H-BALTI-31 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company
Report #: RAR-96-05
Accident Date: 2/1/1996
Issue Date: 3/5/1997
Date Closed: 3/6/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: BNSF Railway Company (formerly Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: BNSF Railway Company (formerly Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company)
Date: 3/6/2001
Response: The BNSF indicates that the common trainline configurations for cushioned underframe cars has been provided to its carmen. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation R-96-68 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: BNSF Railway Company (formerly Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company)
To: NTSB
Date: 11/13/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 11/13/2000 4:32:37 PM MC# 2001681 The common trainline configurations for these types of cars have been provided for our Carmen.

From: NTSB
To: BNSF Railway Company (formerly Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company)
Date: 7/18/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE LEARNING OF ANY ACTIONS THE BNSF HAS TAKEN OR INTENDS TO TAKE TO ADDRESS R-96-67 THROUGH -69.