Management & Operations

Positive train control urged in NTSB report on 2002 crash

Posted on August 1, 2003

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the probable cause of the April 23, 2002, collision of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) freight train and a Metrolink commuter train in Placentia, Calif., was the freight train crew’s inattentiveness to the signal system and their failure to observe, recognize and act on the approach signal. Contributing to the accident was the absence of a positive train control (PTC) system that would have automatically stopped the freight train short of the stop signal. Additionally, if the BNSF conductor had been more actively involved in monitoring the signals, he may not have misidentified an approach signal as clear, the NTSB found. “This accident, which happened during rush hour on a commuter route, illustrates how each employee is responsible for safety and how implementation of new technology can save lives,” said NTSB Chair Ellen G. Engleman. As a result of the accident, there were two fatalities and 22 serious injuries. In all, 162 people were taken to the hospital. “The safety board has issued recommendations on PTC since 1969. The technology these systems provide are the best approach to reducing human-error collision,” Engleman said. Among the recommendations the NTSB issued as a result of the accident were one to BNSF to revise its signal awareness form procedure to require recording of time, speed and aspect name for all signals at the time they are encountered. The board also recommended that the American Association of Railroads report on the milestones and activities needed for completion of the interoperability standards for PTC systems and its priorities for completion of this effort. Interoperability is the capacity of a railroad’s PTC system to operate safely on other railroads. A synopsis of the Placentia rail accident investigation report, including the findings, probable cause and safety recommendations, can be found on the publication page of the NTSB’s Website at www.ntsb.gov. At press time, the complete report was not available.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Deadline extended for Innovative Solutions Award submissions

Applications can be submitted either by the operation or the solutions provider and will be judged by our BusCon Advisory Board, with winners and shortlisted submissions recognized at BusCon’s Award Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Calif.'s GCTD breaks ground on ops, maintenance facility

The new facility will replace an outdated and deteriorating bus garage located on a three-acre site that was originally built in the 1970’s for a much smaller fleet.

London most expensive city to commute to work via public transit

New York City comes in it at No. 4 at a cost of approximately $120 per month, with Chicago and San Francisco at $102.10 and $86.10 per month, respectively.

Late U2 concert leaves transit officials upset over costs

The Wednesday night concert, which didn't wrap up until 11 p.m., forced the Valley Transportation Authority to add 11 extra after-hours trains to accommodate concertgoers.

Video shows Metro Transit officer asking about immigration status

Metro Transit Police Chief Harrington said in a statement that it's not his agency's practice to inquire about immigration status and has asked for an internal investigation into the encounter.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close