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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-069
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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: DEVELOP & MAINTAIN A CURRENT LIST OF 24-HOUR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR ALL PIPELINE OPERATORS THAT HAVE TRANSMISSION PIPELINES ON OR ADJOINING ANY BURLINGTON NORTHERN & SANTA FE RAILWAY COMPANY PROPERTY & PERIODICALLY UPDATE, AT LEAST ANNUALLY, & DISTRIBUTE THE LIST WITH WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS FOR NOTIFYING PIPELINE OPERATORS TO ALL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS.
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 completed action on this recommendation in December 1998. The BNSF system includes a mapping system, MapSearch, that includes pipeline ownership, emergency contact numbers, addresses, pipeline diameter, and products transported on BNSF’s rail network. This information is provided to the BNSF Network Operation Center Service Interruption Desks and the Resource Operations Center; these groups are the first to be notified of any emergency and are responsible for completing emergency notifications. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation R-96-69 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 BNSF's Geographic Information System (GIS) has included pipeline information for the entire BNSF system since December 1998. BNSF's GIS system was developed by MapSearch. The data was custom selected for BNSF routes and includes a 5?mile band on each side of our right of way. The data includes pipeline ownership, emergency contact number, headquarters address, pipeline diameter and products transported. GIS users include the Network Operation Center Service Interruption Desks and the BNSF Resource Operations Center. BNSF also subscribes to MapSearch's update service, which includes semiannual data updates. In addition, BNSF conducts audits of the emergency phone numbers provided using random samples in each state to validate that the data provided by MapSearch is accurate.

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.