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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-99-024
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Synopsis: ON 3/25/98, ABOUT 4:48 A.M. EASTERN STANDARD TIME, SOUTHBOUND NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION (NORFOLK SOUTHERN) TRAIN 255L5, WHICH WAS EN ROUTE TO FORT WAYNE, INDIANA, STRUCK EASTBOUND CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORP. (CONRAIL) TRAIN TV 220, WHICH WAS EN ROUTE TO COLUMBUS, OHIO. THE COLLISION OCCURRED WHERE THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN HUNTING DISTRICT AND THE CONRAIL CHICAGO MAIN LINES CROSS AT GRADE AT THE EAST END OF THE TOWN OF BUTLER, IN. BOTH LOCOMOTIVES AND FIVE CARS FROM THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN TRAIN DERAILED, AND THREE CARS FROM THE CONRAIL TRAIN, TWO WITH MULTIPLE STACKED PLATFORMS, DERAILED. THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN CONDUCTOR WAS KILLED; THE ENGINEER AND STUDENT ENGINEER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. THE TWO CONRAIL CREWMEMBERS WERE NOT INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORPORATION: CONDUCT AN AUDIT TO IDENTIFY ALL COMMUNITIES THROUGH WHICH YOU TRANSPORT HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND, IN COORDINATION WITH THOSE COMMUNITIES, DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT, AND KEEP CURRENT WRITTEN EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS AND PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING HAZARDOUS MATERIAL RELEASES. THE PROCEDURES SHOULD ADDRESS, AT A MINIMUM, KEY RAILROAD PERSONNEL AND MEANS OF CONTACT, PROCEDURES TO IDENTIFY THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS BEING TRANSPORTED, IDENTIFICATION OF RESOURCES FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE THAT MAY BE NEEDED DURING THE RESPONSE EFFORT, PROCEDURES FOR THE COORDINATION OF ACTIVITIES BETWEEN RAILROAD AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL, AND THE CONDUCT OF DISASTER DRILLS OR OTHER METHODS TO TEST EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Butler, IN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: CHI98FR009
Accident Reports: Collision of Norfolk Southern Corporation Train 255L5 with Consolidated Rail Corporation Train TV 220
Report #: RAR-99-02
Accident Date: 3/25/1998
Issue Date: 7/29/1999
Date Closed: 6/27/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Norfolk Southern Corporation (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 12/27/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 01/03/2001 5:15:39 PM MC# 2010002: Acknowledges NTSB Recommendation (R-99-24) -"Closed- Acceptable Action"

From: NTSB
To: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Date: 6/27/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE NS HAS PREPARED A LOCAL EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RELEASES AND DISTRIBUTED IT TO COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES AND LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE THROUGHOUT THE NS SYSTEM. WE APPRECIATE RECEIVING COPIES OF IT. BASED ON YOUR NEW PROGRAM, THE SAFETY BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-99-24 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 1/6/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 01/19/2000 2:47:30 PM MC# 2000092 NORFOLK SOUTHERN FURNISHED ITS COMPLETED EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN. IT HAS DISTRIBUTED 577 TO COUNTIES WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEES (LEPC) OR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES. 794 COPIES WILL BE THE EVENTUAL NUMBER OF PLANS DISTRIBUTED ON THE NS SYSTEM. THE NEW CONRAIL PROPERTY HAS RECEIVED 62 COPIES.

From: Norfolk Southern Corporation
To: NTSB
Date: 10/26/1999
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/28/1999 4:23:24 PM MC# 991193 NORFOLK SOUTHERN HAS PREPARED A LOCAL EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RELEASES TO DISTRIBUTE TO COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES/LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEES THROUGHOUT THE NS SYSTEM. THE PLANS PROVIDE: THE IDENTITY AND ADDRESS OF KEY RAILROAD PERSONNEL AND MEANS OF CONTACT; PROCEDURES TO IDENTIFY THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT; NORFOLK SOUTHERN'S INCIDENT REPORTING AND RESPONSE PRACTICES; NS' ROLE IN SUPPORTING AND COOPERATING WITH THE INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM; ADDITIONAL CORPORATE RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE THAT MAY BE NEEDED DURING A RESPONSE; ADDITIONAL EXTERNAL TECHNICAL RESOURCES CAPABLE OF PROVIDING EMERGENCY RESPONSE ASSISTANCE INCLUDING CONTACT INFORMATION; INFORMATION ABOUT RAILROAD TANK CARS; AND INFORMATION ON NS' COMMUNITY TRAINING EFFORTS AND OTHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, INCLUDING PARTICIPATION IN RESPONSE DRILLS. AN INITIAL DISTRIBUTION OF NORFOLK SOUTHERN'S LOCAL EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RELEASES TO APPROXIMATELY 60 COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND WAS FAVORABLY RECEIVED. APPROXIMATELY 770 ADDITIONAL COUNTIES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED ON NS RAIL LINES. NS HAS PRINTED AN ADDITIONAL 1,000 COPIES OF THE LOCAL EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RELEASES AND IS CURRENTLY PRINTING A RAILROAD TANK CAR BOOKLET FOR ENCLOSURE IN THE PLANS. NS WILL THEN DISTRIBUTE THESE PLANS TO EACH COUNTY IDENTIFIED ON NS RAIL LINES. DISTRIBUTION WILL BE COMPLETE DURING FIRST QUARTER, 2000.