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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-99-028
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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 CORPORATION (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 UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION: IN COOPERATION WITH THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION, THE CLASS I RAILROADS, THE AMERICAN SHORT LINE AND REGIONAL RAILROAD ASSOCIATION, AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS, 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: 10/23/2003
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (formerly United Transportation Union) (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Crew Resource Management, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (formerly United Transportation Union)
Date: 10/23/2003
Response: Based upon your response to Safety Recommendations R-97-7, R-97-45, R-99-28, R-99-61, and R-01-9, the Board has reclassified these recommendations "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (formerly United Transportation Union)
To: NTSB
Date: 8/7/2003
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 8/8/2003 8:08:10 AM MC# 2030403 In response to this recommendation, UTU published this accident summary in our publications, included these training issues in our development of training programs, and included the necessity for crewmember communication and rule compliance in our educational presentations. In addition, UTU also renewed our efforts to prevent the use of locomotives operating in a "long hood forward" position that was also a contributing factor in this accident.

From: NTSB
To: Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (formerly United Transportation Union)
Date: 1/27/2003
Response: The Safety Board has not received a copy of the UTU report that was being prepared in connection with R-97-7 and R-97-45, and we have never received a response from the UTU regarding Safety Recommendations R-99-28, R-99-61, and R-01-9, even though we requested information on these recommendations in a letter dated September 28, 2001. Because we did, however, recently communicate with the UTU on September 20, 2002, noting positive action by the UTU regarding another safety recommendation (R-91-48), we are concerned that you may have inadvertently overlooked these other recommendations. The Board is interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure that the public is provided the highest level of safety, and to identify creative solutions that might be shared with others. That is why we monitor the implementation of all our recommendations. We would appreciate receiving an update from you regarding actions taken or planned to implement the recommendations discussed above. We are enclosing copies of the letters that transmitted the 5 recommendations in question and other previous pertinent correspondence. The Safety Board is interested in maintaining constructive dialogue with the UTU on these important safety issues that are of mutual interest to both of our organizations. However, if we do not receive a response, we will have no alternative but to classify these recommendations "Closed--Unacceptable Action/No Response Received."

From: NTSB
To: Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (formerly United Transportation Union)
Date: 9/28/2001
Response: The Safety Board would appreciate being informed of what action, if any, has been taken or is planned to implement Safety Recommendations R-99-28, R-99-61, and R-01-9. Copies of the recommendation letters are enclosed. Please address your response to Ms. Marion C. Blakey, Chairman, and refer to the recommendations by number in your letter.