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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-97-033
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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, D.C.; IT CONSISTED OF A LOCOMOTIVE & THREE COMMUTER CARS. THE AMTRAK TRAIN, OPERATING IN REVENUE SERVICE BETWEEN WASHINGTON D.C., & CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, CONSISTED OF 2 LOCOMOTIVES & 15 CARS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE MARYLAND MASS TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION: DEVELOP AN EMERGENY PLAN THAT WILL PROVIDE A DETAILED DECRIPTION OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURES AS WELL AS A PROTOCOL TO COORDINATE ACTIVITIES WITH THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ORGANIZATIONS & OTHER TRANSPORTATION ENTITIES WHEN AN ACCIDENT OCCURS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: 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: 5/25/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Maryland, Transit Administration (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
Date: 5/25/2001
Response: The Safety Board notes that the MTA has developed an Emergency Preparedness Plan in cooperation with CSX and Amtrak to outline responsibilities and actions under various scenarios. We note that the plan was completed in 1998 under the guidelines set down in 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 239. The Board also notes that, subsequent to the accident in 1996, MTA developed a program to train all emergency and rescue organizations in its territory regarding railroad safety in the emergency response environment as well as specific MARC equipment features and recommended response procedures. We note that 219 emergency responders were trained in 2000. The Board also notes that all MARC car diagrams are available to responders through the Operation Respond automated access system. The Board appreciates the numerous actions taken by the MTA in response to this recommendation. Based on your actions, Safety Recommendation R-97-33 is classified “Closed--Acceptable Action.”

From: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 11/29/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 12/05/2000 6:34:51 PM MC# 2001752 R-97-33 recommended that MT A develop an emergency plan that will provide a detailed description of emergency response procedures as well as a protocol to coordinate activities with the emergency response organizations and other transportation entities when an accident occurs. MTA has developed an Emergency Preparedness Plan in cooperation with CSX and Amtrak to outline responsibilities and actions under a variety of scenarios. This plan was completed in 1998 under the guidelines set down in 49CFR part 239. In addition, in 1996, MT A developed a program to train all emergency and rescue organizations in its territory on railroad safety in the emergency response environment as well as specific MARC equipment features and recommended response procedures. Training was given to all interested agencies in 1996-1997. In conjunction with this training MT A and Amtrak developed a training video for emergency responders (a copy of this video was previously provided to the NTSB). In September 2000 MTA began a second cycle of refresher training and familiarization with new MARC equipment, and have trained 219 emergency responders this year. MTA has also participated in development of a training course for responders in railroad emergencies developed by Operation Respond in 1998-99. All MARC car diagrams are also available to responders through the Operation Respond automated access system.

From: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 10/8/1997
Response: