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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-074
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Synopsis: ABOUT 4:10 A.M. ON 2/1/96, ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND 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 AND THE SUBSEQUENT RAIL CAR PILEUP, WHICH INVOLVED FIVE CARS CONTAINING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, A FIRE IGNITED THAT ENGULFED THE TRAIN AND THE SURROUNDING AREA. THE CONDUCTOR AND THE BRAKEMAN SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES; THE ENGINEER SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS: INFORM ITS MEMBER CARRIERS ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS ACCIDENT & ALERT THEM TO INSPECT THE END-OF-CAR HOSE ARRANGEMENTS ON CUSHIONED UNDERFRAME CARS & ENSURE THE HOSE ARRANGEMENTS MATCH THE INTENDED DESIGN.
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: 4/2/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of American Railroads (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 4/2/1998
Response: THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT THE AAR HAS CIRCULATED WITHIN THE INDUSTRY A DESCRIPTION OF THIS ACCIDENT & CALLED ATTENTION TO AAR'S INTERCHANGE RULE REGARDING INSPECTIONS. IN ADDITION, THE AAR HAS URGED CARRIERS & REPAIR SHOPS TO CONTACT CAR OWNERS WHEN UNSURE OF PROPER END LINE ARRANGEMENTS. BASED ON YOU RESPONSE, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-96-74 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 2/3/1998
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 2/10/98 2:58:04 PM MC# 980156

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 1/28/1998
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 2/2/98 4:00:43 PM MC# 980120

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 12/2/1997
Response: M.B. OGLESBY, PRESIDNET & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF AAR RESPONDED ON 12/2/97, THAT AAR HAS INFORMED ITS MEMBERSHIP OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES & CALLED ATTENTION TO AAR'S INTERCHANGE RULES REGARDING INSPECTIONS. AAR HAS ALSO URGED CARRIERS & REPAIR SHOPS TO CONTACT CAR OWNERS WHEN UNSURE OF PROPER END TRAINLINE ARRANGEMENTS.