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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-99-009
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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 CABELL AND WAYNE COUNTIES' LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE: INCLUDE IN YOUR PERIODIC DISASTER DRILLS ALL EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES WITHIN YOUR JURISDICTION, INCLUDING THE OHIO RIVER ROAD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND ENSURE THAT THOSE AGENCIES ARE AWARE OF CABELL AND WAYNE COUNTIES' EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION.
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: 5/17/2005
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of West Virginia, Counties of Cabell and Wayne, Local Emergency Planning Committee (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of West Virginia, Counties of Cabell and Wayne, Local Emergency Planning Committee
Date: 5/17/2005
Response: The Safety Board notes that the C/WLEPC includes representatives of the Cabell County 911 service, the Ohio River Road Volunteer Fire Department, the Cabell County Office of Emergency Services, and other entities. Through their representation on this committee, local emergency response agencies are made aware of all C/WLEPC activities, including periodic disaster drills, and are invited to participate in the drills. In addition, these agencies are informed of C/WLEPC emergency response plans and implementation. These arrangements constitute acceptable action to address Safety Recommendation R-99-09; accordingly, the recommendation is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: State of West Virginia, Counties of Cabell and Wayne, Local Emergency Planning Committee
To: NTSB
Date: 2/25/2005
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 3/2/2005 10:56:10 AM MC# 2050088 This correspondence is to answer your questions regarding the preparedness level of the CWLEPC. Since your last correspondence in March of 2003 the C/WLEPC has been involved in several actual occurrence events, participated in field excersie drills and table top drills. Listed below are the events that the CWLEPC has taken an active role in: 1. Actual Event -truck tanker leaked diesel when the tank ruptured due to a traffic accident on 1-64, resulting in two injured people. Event occurred on 07-09-03 through 07-14-03 when the clean up was completed. 2. Actual Event -truck tanker accident leaking diesel fuel on 1-64 causing the death of two people with three injured. Tanker truck caught on fire as a result of a traffic accident. 3. Field Exercise Drill Scenario -mustard gas release due to terrorist act. Date of event 08/23/03. 4. Actual Event -dynamite located at a construction site. Date of event 10/14/03. 5. Table top drill - Scenario -biological terrorism incident. Date of event 12/14/03. 6. Actual Event -flooding throughout the area as a result of Hurricane Frances. Date of the event 09/08/04 through 09/13/04. 7. Table top drill -Bio-Terrorism incident. This drill was in preparation for an up-coming field exercise drill. Date of the event 10/07/04. 8. Actual Event. Chemical spill from a railroad car on a side track. 22,000 gallons of benzene placard number 1 136, leaked from a rail car located at the Techsol facility in Huntington, West Virginia. The railroad car was on a side track. 500 homes were evacuated. A copy of this report can be obtained from the Huntington Fire Department. The contact individual is Deputy Chief Jerry Beckett, 304-696-5952. Operation Respond (ORIES) was not used in this incident. The rail car was off the main track and on a side track. Operation Respond can only give information on the contents of rail cars that are in an active system. Date of event 10-28-04 through 11-04-04. Training on Operation Respond (ORIES) is conducted by the Cabell County E-911 Training Officer when new employees are hired. He also provides additional training when needed. The Cabell County 911 is fully aware of the ONES system and its fuction. The Cabell County 911 is an active participant in all of the drills. The Ohio River Road Volunteer Fire Department has a member of its staff on the CWLEPC. That member is aware of the emergency response plans for the CWLEPC and is invited to participate in all the activities sponsored by the CWLEPC. The Cabell County Office of Emergency Services has copies of all the events; furthermore, they are an active participant in the actual events and all of the drills. Reports can also be found at the State Office of Emergency Services in Charleston on the events. The contact on the state level is Jim Cox. Mr. Cox can be contacted by calling 304-558-5380.

From: NTSB
To: State of West Virginia, Counties of Cabell and Wayne, Local Emergency Planning Committee
Date: 3/5/2003
Response: In its response to these recommendations, the C/WLEPC indicated that it agreed to use emergency drills to familiarize emergency responders with the capabilities and use of OREIS and to include a tabletop drill/orientation during 2000. In our March 23, 2000, followup letter, the Safety Board requested notification that the year 2000 tabletop drill/orientation had been completed. Through staff contact with the C/WLEPC, we are aware that a drill or other action on these recommendations was not completed. The Safety Board would appreciate being informed if the C/WLEPC contemplates a timeframe for initiating and completing a drill/orientation and for periodically conducting these exercises. Pending receipt of a schedule for implementation and initiation of a periodic drill/orientation as described in the recommendations, Safety Recommendations R-99-8 and -9 remain classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: NTSB
To: State of West Virginia, Counties of Cabell and Wayne, Local Emergency Planning Committee
Date: 3/23/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE C/WLEPC INVITES EVERY EMERGENCY RESPONSE ORGANIZATION, INCLUDING THE OHIO RIVER ROAD VFD, TO PARTICIPATE IN DISASTER DRILLS, THOUGH WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE C/WLEPC DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE ATTENDANCE MANDATORY. WE ALSO NOTE THAT THE C/WLEPC HAS PROVIDED EMERGENCY RESPONSE ORGANIZATIONS WITH COPIES OF THE C/WLEPC EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN, INCLUDING ANNUAL REVISIONS, AND HAS URGED THEM TO USE IT FOR BOTH TRAINING AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE. PENDING NOTIFICATION THAT THE YEAR 2000 TABLETOP DRILL/ORIENTATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED, THE SAFETY BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-99-9 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: State of West Virginia, Counties of Cabell and Wayne, Local Emergency Planning Committee
To: NTSB
Date: 10/4/1999
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/13/1999 12:03:48 PM MC# 991127 IT IS THE POLICY OF THE C/WLEPC TO INVITE DIFFERENT EMERGENCY RESPONSE ORGANIZATIONS TO BECOME INVOLVED IN EACH OF THE EMERGENCY DRILLS HELD, SO THAT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME EVERY EMERGENCY RESPONSE ORGANIZATION, INCLUDING THE OHIO RIVER ROAD VFD, HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN A PERIODIC EMERGENCY DRILL. BECAUSE OF CIRCUMSTANCES, SOME OF THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS, FROM TIME TO TIME, CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE. ALL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN THE C/WLEPD HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH A COPY OF THE C/WLEPC EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN AND ITS ANNUAL REVISIONS SINCE 1987, AND HAVE BEEN URGED TO UTILIZE IT FOR BOTH TRAINING AND EMERGENCY RESOLUTION USE.