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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-97-043
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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 MONTGOMERY COUNTY: DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE PROCEDURES FOR RESPONDING TO RAILROAD PASSENGER TRAIN ACCIDENTS & INCLUDE THESE PROCEDURE IN YOUR DISASTER PLAN.
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: 8/1/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Maryland, County of Montgomery (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland, County of Montgomery
Date: 8/1/2001
Response: The Board notes that the MCFRS is providing both lecture and hands-on training to command officers, supervisors, and career and volunteer emergency responders on railroad familiarization in coordination with Amtrak, CSX Transportation Inc. (CSXT), and MARC officials. The Board also notes that the MCFRS staged a major rail disaster exercise in 1998 with more than 300 emergency responders and 15 State and county agencies. Further, in September 2000, the MCFRS participated in the “Common Corridor 2000” drill with fire departments from the District of Columbia; the Maryland counties of Frederick, Prince George, and Montgomery; the National Institutes of Health in Maryland; and the City of Alexandria in Virginia. The Safety Board is pleased and commends the MCFRS’s actions to address specific training in the event of a railroad transportation accident to ensure public safety and welfare. Because the MCFRS has developed the recommended procedures and included these procedures in their revised disaster plan, Safety Recommendation R-97-43 is classified “Closed--Acceptable Action.”

From: State of Maryland, County of Montgomery
To: NTSB
Date: 6/11/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 06/26/2001 10:09:02 AM MC# 2010513 In 1997, the Maryland Mass Transit Administration developed a Response and Evacuation Plan for regional jurisdictions in Maryland where MARC operates. MCFRS incorporated this plan into our EOC and ECC. The plan contains notifications, railroad maps, and procedures in the event of a derailment. In January 1998 all rail information materials were updated in EOC and ECC. Schematics of passenger rail train cars were included. MCFRS purchased software from Operation Respond, Inc. This program provides real time train and hazardous material content information to responders. The vendor constantly updates this information. In June 1998 the Montgomery County Passenger Train Emergency Response Plan was developed and presented to the Emergency Management to be incorporated into the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) manual. Since that time this document has been incorporated as Appendix G-l to Annex G - Transportation, of the EOP. This annex is included for your review. In September 1997 approximately 200 career and volunteer emergency responders received a six-hour course on railroad familiarization. AMTRAK and MARC officials presented the course and the instruction was both lecture and hands-on training. In February 1998 Joint Supervisory Training was initiated regionally. Sponsored by WMATA, representatives from the fire service, WMATA and AMTRAK attended this program. The training continues and to date approximately 20 supervisory personnel have attended from MCFRS. In April 1998 MCFRS staged a major rail disaster exercise on the PEPCO spur track. Over 300 emergency responders and 15 state and county agencies participated in the scenario. The communications link between EOC and field units was tested. In September 1999 MCFRS participated in the Council of Governments “Passenger and Freight Safety Seminar” where AMTRAK, MARC, and CSX rolling stock were available for hand-on familiarization training. The CSX Safety Train was used as part of this training. Thirty-five unit officers, first responders, and HazMat personnel from MCFRS attended this program. In April 2000 MCFRS participated in a two-day Railroad Emergency Incident Command Course. This course was designed to give insight into the techniques for managing an emergency rail incident. CSX and the Council of Governments sponsored it. The course concluded with a tabletop exercise scenario simulating a derailment in Montgomery County. Four command officers attended. In September 2000 MCFRS worked with MARC to hold familiarization training on the new MARC III passenger rail cars. Over 200 personnel received training. Also in September 2000 MCFRS participated in “Common Corridor 2000”. This drill was a coordinated effort by DCFD, Frederick, Prince George, Montgomery County, Alexandria City, and the National Institutes of Health fire departments.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland, County of Montgomery
Date: 12/2/1997
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GROUP OPERATIONS TEAM HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO DRAFT PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO YOUR EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLANS (EOP) AS REQUESTED BY THIS RECOMMENDATION. PENDING AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THE REVISED EOP, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-97-43 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: State of Maryland, County of Montgomery
To: NTSB
Date: 10/1/1997
Response: CHAIRMAN JON C. GORVER OF THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GROUP ON 10/1/97, REPONDED THAT THE GROUP'S OPERATIONS TEAM HAS BEEN ASSINGED TO PREPARE PROCEDURE THAT WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO MONTGOMERY COUNTY'S EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLANS AS REQUESTED BY THE RECOMMENDATION. THERE ALSO WAS A DECISION TO ENSURE THAT THE COORDINATION WITH TRANSPORTATION REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE ADDRESSED BY STRENGTHENING EXISTING LANGUAGE IN THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN.