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National Transportation Safety Board Washington, D.C. 20594 Safety Recommendation Document Series

By Hall, Jim

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Book Id: WPLBN0000678956
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Reproduction Date: 2006

Title: National Transportation Safety Board Washington, D.C. 20594 Safety Recommendation Document Series  
Author: Hall, Jim
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Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Transportation and society, National Transportation Safety Board (U.S.)
Collections: National Transportation Safety Board Collection
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Publisher: National Transportation Safety Board

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Hall, J. (n.d.). National Transportation Safety Board Washington, D.C. 20594 Safety Recommendation Document Series. Retrieved from http://www.worldlibrary.in/


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Excerpt: About 4:31 a.m. Central Daylight Time on June 18, 1998, a westbound Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) two-car passenger train struck the second trailer of a long combination vehicle that consisted of a tractor pulling two flatbed semitrailers loaded with steel coils at a grade crossing near Portage, Indiana. When the vehicles collided, the second semitrailer broke away from the first semitrailer and was dragged by the front of the NICTD train while the chain securing a steel coil to the second semitrailer broke. The released steel coil entered the first train car through the front bulkhead and moved into the passenger compartment. Three fatalities and five minor injuries resulted from the accident. In a June 18, 1998, letter to National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall, U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and U.S. Congressman Peter J. Visclosky cited three previous accidents that had involved the NICTD system and expressed concern about NICTD?s long-term safe operation. The Safety Board reviewed the accident history of the NICTD system and determined that, given the series of incidents experienced on the NICTD line, an evaluation of NICTD?s overall safety should be conducted. 2 The intent of this special investigation was not to determine whether NICTD is a ?safe? or ?unsafe? railroad but to examine those elements of its overall operation known to affect safety and to indicate where improvements could be made in these areas. The Safety Board recognizes that factors not examined in this investigation may also affect NICTD safety, either positively or negatively.

 

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