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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-080
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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 CHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION: DEVELOP, IN COOPERATION WITH THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS & THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS, & DISTRIBUTE TO YOUR 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: 7/31/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Chemical Manufacturers Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Chemical Manufacturers Association
Date: 7/31/1997
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT THE CMA WILL SUPPLY AN ARTICLE TO BOTH THE AAR & THE IAFC HIGHLIGHTING THE CAPABILITIES OF CHEMTREC & ITS ROLE IN CONTACTING CHEMICAL SHIPPERS & THE AAR'S BUREAU OF EXPLOSIVES. YOUR LETTER INDICATED THAT THE AAR & THE IAFC WILL USE THE CMA ARTICLE TO FURNISH INFO TO ITS MEMBERS, & WILL PUBLISH THE INFO IN ITS BIMONTHLY NEWSLETTER. BECAUSE THESE ACTIONS SATISFY THE INTENT OF R-96-80, IT IS CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Chemical Manufacturers Association
To: NTSB
Date: 3/28/1997
Response: FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS, CMA & ITS MEMBER HAVE SUPPORTED THE CHEMICAL TRANSPORTATION EMERGENCY CENTER (CHEMTREC) AS A PUBLIC SERVICE, PROVIDING FIRST RESPONDERS, THE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS & OTHERS WITH EMERGENCY RESPONSE INFO, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, & EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR INCIDENTS INVOLVING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. CMA CONTINUALLY PROMOTES CHEMTREC THROUGH SUBMISSIONS OF ARTICLES TO PUBLICATIONS, PRESS RELEASES, APPEARANCES AT RELEVANT MEETINGS (INCLUDING MAJOR ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS & ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS), & DISTRIBUTION OF "CHEMTREC USER'S GUIDE FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS". INFO ABOUT CHEMTREC IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT HTTP:/WWW.CMAHQ.COM. CMA CONTINUALLY SEEKS NEW AVENUES TO PROMOTE THIS CRITICAL SERVICE TO THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMUNITY & WILL IMMEDIATELY ACT IMPLEMENT NTSB'S RECOMMENDATION. CMA HAS CONTACTED THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILBOARDS (AAR) & INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS (IAFC) & AGREED TO THESE ACTIONS: CMA WILL SUPPLY AN ARATICLE TO BOTH THE AAR & IAFC HIGHLIGHTING THE CAPABILITIES OF OUR CHEMTREC & ITS ROLE IN CONTACTING CHEMICAL SHIPPERS & THE BUREAU OF EXPLOSIVES. BASED ON THE ARTICLE, THE AAR WILL FURNISH APPROPRIATE INFO TO ALL OF ITS MEMBERS. THE IAFC WILL USE THE INFO IN THE ARTICLE IN ITS PUBLICATION "ON-SCENE." THIS BI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE IS SENT TO 12,000 IAFC MEMBERS IN FIRE DEPARTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE U.S. CMA WILL DISSEMINATE THE SAME ARTICLE TO OTHER SERVICE PUBLICATIONS.