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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-99-006
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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.: REVIEW AND REVISE, AS NECESSARY, IN LIGHT OF THIS ACCIDENT, YOUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND TRAINING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS TO ENSURE THAT ALL EMERGENCY RESPONSE GROUPS THAT MAY BE CALLED UPON TO RESPOND TO AN INCIDENT OR ACCIDENT INVOLVING YOUR RAILROAD RECEIVE THE NECESSARY TRAINING ON A TIMELY AND RECURRING BASIS.
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
Accident #: ATL98FR021
Accident Reports: Derailment of CSX Freight Train Q316 and Subsequent Hazardous Material Release
Report #: RAR-99-01
Accident Date: 6/20/1998
Issue Date: 7/16/1999
Date Closed: 5/17/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: CSX Transportation, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Firefighting, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 5/17/2002
Response: Thank you for your comprehensive response to this recommendation. Based on CSXT's actions, Safety Recommendation R-99-6 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 11/16/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 01/23/2002 8:27:14 PM MC# 2020074 CSXT has prepared and distributed a comprehensive Community Awareness Planning Guide to 780 Local Emergency Committees (LEPCs) in 23 states and 2 provinces. The guide details the types of materials transported, actions taken in the event of an emergency and other vital information about the railroad that may be needed by emergency responders. CSXT conducted 22 interactive tabletop exercises in 15 states to 940 participants in 19 different emergency management disciplines in 2000. These exercises represent a state-of-the-art audio and visual experience for participants. Each one of these exercises is customized with actual photographs and mapping of the scenario location to maximize the effectiveness of the drill for the community that is participating. CSXT in 2000 provided 1,333 hours of emergency response training to 2,718 participants in 18 states. The training covers safety on railroad property, initial response to rail accidents, railroad shipping papers, tank cars, freight equipment and locomotives. The training is provided free of charge to tire departments, rescue squads and police departments. CSXT is partnered with the Massachusetts On-Call Volunteer Firefighters Association in maintaining a "Safety Train". The Safety Train made 27 stops in 12 states providing training to 890 participants from 130 public safety agencies in 2000. The Safety Train itself consists of a classroom in a converted boxcar, three tank cars and a caboose.

From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 10/30/2001
Response: Safety Recommendation R-99-6 was classified "Open--Acceptable Response" on May 11, 2000, pending further response from CSX Transportation, Inc., that action had been completed on a systemwide level. We would appreciate an update on the training activities addressed in this recommendation.