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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-99-026
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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, IN, STRUCK EASTBOUND CONSOLIDATED RAIL CORP. (CONRAIL) TRAIN TV 220, WHICH WAS EN ROUTE TO COLUMBUS, OH. THE COLLISION OCCURRED WHERE THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN HUNTINGTON 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 THE AMERICAN SHORT LINE AND REGIONAL RAILROAD ASSOCIATION: IN COOPERATION WITH THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION, THE CLASS I RAILROADS, THE BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS, AND THE UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION, DEVELOP, FOR ALL TRAIN CREWMEMBERS, TRAIN CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRAINING THAT ADDRESSES, AT A MINIMUM: CREWMEMBER PROFICIENCY, SITUATIONAL AWARENESS, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AND TEAMWORK, AND STRATEGIES FOR APPROPRIATELY CHALLENGING AND QUESTIONING AUTHORITY.
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: 7/27/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Crew Resource Management, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Date: 7/27/2004
Response: The Safety Board was aware that the ASLRRA had notified its members of the circumstances of this accident. The Board was also made aware, through correspondence with the FRA, the Association of American Railroads (AAR), and the Class I railroads, particularly the NS, that a CRM training program had been developed through the coordination of the AAR and had been distributed to all Class I railroads and the ASLRRA. Because of the ASLRRA's cooperation in this effort, Safety Recommendation R-99-26 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Date: 3/17/2003
Response: The Safety Board acknowledges that the ASLRRA notified its members of the circumstances of the accident. The Board is also aware, through correspondence with the Class I railroads, particularly Norfolk Southern, that a crew resource management training program was developed through the coordination of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and was distributed to all Class I railroads, the ASLRRA, and the AAR. The Board believes that the industry has come a long way in this area; however, your reply does not indicate what actions have been taken by the ASLRRA to develop CRM training for its member railroads. The Safety Board would appreciate receiving information from ASLRRA on any actions to implement this recommendation; pending receipt of such information, Safety Recommendation R-99-26 is classified "Open--Acceptable Response."

From: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
To: NTSB
Date: 10/7/2002
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 10/16/2002 4:09:25 PM MC# 2020869 These recommendations were sent to all ASLRRA member railroads, advising them of the accident which prompted this recommendation and the recommendation of NTSB. This notification was done in the form of an e-mail. I recommend that this file be considered closed.

From: NTSB
To: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Date: 10/4/2002
Response: With the exception of R-93-29, the Safety Board has never received a response from ASLRRA regarding these recommendations. With respect to R-93-29, the Safety Board was informed in previous correspondence that the ASLRRA was a member of an industry work/rest task force that was focusing on improvements to working conditions and was working on a model program for its members. Safety Recommendation R-93-29 was classified "Open--Acceptable Response," pending an update on the ASLRRA's progress on this work. The other five recommendations have remained classified "Open--Await Response." The Safety Board is interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure the public the highest level of safety and to identify creative solutions that might be shared with others. That is why we are monitoring the progress of these recommendations. Because the Safety Board has been in contact with the ASLRRA regarding other safety recommendations (most recently R-01-13, which was classified "Closed--Acceptable Action" on May 28, 2002, based on the positive action taken by ASLRRA in response to that recommendation), the Safety Board is concerned that the recommendations discussed in this letter may have been inadvertently overlooked. The Safety Board would appreciate receiving information from the ASLRRA on any actions taken in response to these recommendations. Please address your response to Carol J. Carmody. If you have any questions regarding these recommendations or wish to meet to facilitate a discussion and closure of these recommendations, please contact Mr. Jim Rosenberg, Deputy Director, Operations, Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments, at (202) 314-6177. We are enclosing copies of the letters that transmitted these recommendations to the ASLRRA.

From: NTSB
To: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
Date: 5/9/2001
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE BEING INFORMED OF WHAT ACTION, IF ANY, HAS BEEN TAKEN OR IS CONTEMPLATED TO IMPLEMENT I-98-3, P-97-36, R-97-45 AND R-99-26.