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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-99-004
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Synopsis: ABOUT 12:37 P.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME ON SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 1998, 30 OF THE 148 CARS MAKING UP EASTBOUND CSX TRAIN Q316 DERAILED AT COX LANDING, WV. OF THE DERAILED CARS, THREE WERE LOADED WITH HAZARDOUS MATERIAL, AND EIGHT OTHERS CONTAINED HAZARDOUS MATERIAL RESIDUE. TWO OF THE LOADED CARS WERE DAMAGED IN THE PILEUP AND LEAKED A COMBINED VOLUME OF ABOUT 21,500 GALLONS OF FORMALDEHYDE SOLUTION. NO ONE WAS INJURED DURING THE DERAILMENT OF THE TRAIN; HOWEVER, 15 PERSONS REPORTED MINOR INJURIES AS A RESULT OF THE RELEASE OF FORMALDEHYDE. TOTAL DAMAGES IN THE ACCIDENT EXCEEDED $2.6 MILLION.
Recommendation: NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC.: PERFORM A COMPREHENSIVE ENGINEERING ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF TRACK AND ROADBED CONDITIONS ON THE OHIO RIVER SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOP A PLAN AND A TIMETABLE FOR CORRECTING EXISTING OR POTENTIAL DEFICIENCIES, INCLUDING INADEQUATE DRAINAGE, THAT MAY AFFECT THE SAFE PASSAGE OF TRAINS AND THE SAFE SHIPMENT OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS THROUGH THE AREA. PROVIDE TO THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD A SCHEDULE TO CORRECT THE DEFICIENCIES FOUND DURING THE EVALUATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: cox landing, WV, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
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Accident Date: 6/20/1998
Issue Date: 7/16/1999
Date Closed: 5/11/2000
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