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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-97-031
Synopsis: About 5:38 p.m. on 2/16/96, eastbound Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) train 286 collided with westbound National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) train 29, the capitol limited, at milepost 8.55 on CSX main track near Silver Spring, Maryland. The marc train was operating in the push mode in revenue service between Brunswick , Maryland, & Washington, DC.; it consisted of a locomotive & three commuter cars. The Amtrak train, operating in revenue service between Washington DC., & Chicago, Illinois, consisted of 2 locomotives & 15 cars.
Recommendation: TO CSX TRANSPORTATION INC.: Inform all operating train crewmembers of the circumstances of this accident & emphasize the crew responsibility while in the operating compartment for the safe operation of the train.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA96MR004
Accident Reports: Collision and Derailment of Maryland Rail Commuter MARC Train 286 and National Railroad Passenger Corporation AMTRAK Train 29
Report #: RAR-97-02
Accident Date: 2/16/1996
Issue Date: 8/28/1997
Date Closed: 7/8/1998
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: CSX Transportation, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 7/8/1998
Response: The Board was pleased to learn that all engineers have been told about the accident and cautioned about the reverser. Based on the CSXT's response, Safety Recommendation R-97-31 has been classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 12/9/1997
Response: All engineers have been told about the accident and cautioned about the reverser.