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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-076
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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: DEVELOP, IN COOPERATION WITH THE CHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION & THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS, & DISTRIBUTE TO YOUR CARRIER MEMBERS INFO REEMPHASIZING THE TECHNICAL DATA & ASSISTANCE THAT CAN BE PROVIDED THROUGH THE CHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION CHEMICAL TRANSPORTATION EMERGENCY CENTER, THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS BUREAU OF EXPLOSIVES, & THE CHEMICAL SHIPPERS WHEN TANK CARS TRANSPORTING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ARE INVOLVED IN A TRAIN DERAILMENT.
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: 7/24/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of American Railroads (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 6/24/1998
Response: THE BOARD WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE AAR HAS REAFFIRMED ITS COMMITMENT TO MAKING EMERGENCY RESPONSE ASSISTANCE TO MEMBER RAILROADS THE HIGHEST PRIORITY BY INITIATING A NUMBER OF MEASURES, INCLUDING STREAMLINING BOE'S NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES TO DISPATCH APPROPRIATE INSPECTORS TO THE SCENE MORE EXPEDITIOUSLY. BASED ON THE AAR'S RESPONSE, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-96-76 "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) MR. M. B. OGLESBY, JR, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE AAR RESPONSE ON 1/28/98, THAT AAR'S HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COMMITTEE HAS REAFIRMED ITS COMMITMENT TO MAKE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ASSISTANCE TO MEMBER RAILROADS THE HIGHEST PRIORITY. ON 8/18/97 AAR PROVIDED THE COMMITTEE WITH THE CHEMICAL TRANSPORTATION EMERGENCY CENTER USER'S GUIDE FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. IN THE COVER LETTER, AAR REMINDED ITS MEMBERS TO USE CHEMTREC AS A VALUABLE TOOLS FOR ASSISTANCE IN THE EVENT OF A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT. AAR HAS ALSO EXHIBITED & ADVERTISED ITS HAZARDOUS MATERIALS PUBLICATIONS & EMERGENCY RESPONSE RESOURCES AT THE ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS CONFERENCE FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS. MEETINGS BETWEEN THE DIRECTOR OF AAR'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING CENTER & CARRIER REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED TO ENSURE THAT BOE'S CAPABILITIES ARE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD & TO ENSURE THAT PROPER PROCESSES EXIST TO ACTIVATE BOE SUPPORT. IN ADDITION, THE NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE BETWEEN CHEMTREC & BOE HEADQUARTERS PERSONNEL HAS BEEN STREAMLINED IN ORDER TO NOTIFY & DISPATCH THE APPROPRIATE INSPECTOR TO THE SCENE OF AN INCIDENT EXPEDITIOUSLY.