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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-075
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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: ENSURE THAT ITS MEMBER CARRIERS PROVIDE 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: 7/16/2002
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: 7/16/2002
Response: The Safety Board is aware that the AAR has standardized the end of car hose arrangements. In addition, a field pocket guide was developed and the field interchange rules book was modified in an effort to preclude improper repairs. These actions are fully responsive to the objective of Safety Recommendation R-96-75, which is now classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 12/6/2000
Response: The Safety Board notes that the AAR requests that these recommendations remain in an "open" posture as the association’s committees consider action. As these recommendations were issued between 2 and 9 years ago, the Safety Board would appreciate receiving a substantive response to all of them within 60 days as to contemplated actions and a schedule to complete such actions. Pending receipt of the requested information within 60 days, the above-listed Safety Recommendations are classified "Open--Acceptable Response." In your reply, please refer to the Safety Recommendations by number.

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 8/21/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 08/22/2000 3:27:22 PM MC# 2001124 The rail industry, through its appropriate committees, is carefully considering the above-referenced recommendation. When that review is completed, I will notify you of the resolution.

From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 4/2/1998
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE AAR HAS APPOINTED A TASK FORCE OF INDUSTRY EXPERTS TO DEVELOP ANY NECESSARY REVISIONS TO THE INTERCHANGE RULES & STANDARDS & TO PRODUCE A FIELD POCKET GUIDE OF ARRANGMENTS FOR USE BY INSPECTION & PERSONNEL. UNTIL THE BOARD HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW TO THE FIELD GUIDE, R-96-75 IS CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABEL RESPONSE."

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, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF AAR RESPONDED ON 12/2/97, THAT AAR HAS APPOINTED A TASK FORCE OF INDUSTRY EXPERTS TO DEVELOP ANY NECESSARY REVISIONS TO THE INTERCHANGE RULES & STANDARDS & TO PRODUCE A FIELD POCKET GUIDE OF ARRANGEMENTS FOR USE BY INSPECTION & REPAIR PERSONNEL.