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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-079
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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 INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS: DEVELOP, IN COOPERATION WITH THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS & THE CHEMCIAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, & DISTRIBUTE TO YOUR MEMBERS INFO REEMPHASIZING THE 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: 7/21/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: International Association of Fire Chiefs (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: International Association of Fire Chiefs
Date: 7/21/1997
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE IFAC PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE CAJON ACCIDENT& THE R-96-79 IN 5/15/97, OF IAFC'S BIMONTHLY NEWSLETTER, ON-SCENE. THIS ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS THE SAFETY ISSUES CITED IN THE BOARD'S RECOMMENDATION LETTER, & ADEQUATELY REEMPHASIZES THE NEED FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO CONTACT CHEMTREC & AAR'S BUREAU OF EXPLOSIVES IN RAILROAD ACCIDENTS WHERE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS HAVE BEEN RELEASED. THEREFORE, R-96-79, IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: International Association of Fire Chiefs
To: NTSB
Date: 5/14/1997
Response: THE LATEST ISSUE OF OUR BIMONTHLY NEWSLETTER CONTAINING THE ARTICLE URGING HAZMAT RESPONDERS TO USE CHEMTREC DURING INCIDENTS. {THE 5/15/97, ISSUE OF IAFC ON SCENE NEWSLETTER WAS ENCLOSED & CONTAINS AN ARTICLE "NTSB URGES HAZMAT RESPONDERS TO USE CHEMTREC DURING INCIDENTS."]

From: International Association of Fire Chiefs
To: NTSB
Date: 4/4/1997
Response: THE IAFC WILL PUBLISH AN ARTICLE IN OUR BIMONTHLY NEWSLETTER EXPLAINING THE RECOMMENDATION & ENCOURAGING OUR MEMBERS TO COMPLY. THE NEWSLETTER IS RECEIVED BY NEARLY 12,000 FIRE CHIEFS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WE FEEL THAT THE ARTICLE WILL BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO ADDRESS THE NTSB RECOMMENDATION.