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

By Hall, Jim

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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://worldebooklibrary.com/


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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 semitrailer of a long combination vehicle that consisted of a tractor pulling two flatbed semitrailers loaded with steel coils at a highway-rail 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 train, while the single chain securing a steel coil to the second semitrailer broke. The released steel coil, weighing about 19 tons, entered the train through the front bulkhead of the lead car and moved into the passenger compartment. Three fatalities and five minor injuries resulted from the accident. Damages were estimated to total $886,000. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of the collision between NICTD train 102 and a long combination vehicle (truck) at the National Steel Corporation?s Midwest Steel grade crossing was ineffective action by Federal, State, and private agencies to permanently resolve safety problems at the Midwest Steel grade crossing, which they knew to be a hazardous crossing. The crossing area of the Midwest Steel compound grade crossing consisted of two sets of double tracks, one set owned by the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail)2 and one by NICTD, separated by 86 feet and 9 3/4 inches of paved asphalt (from the southernmost Conrail rail to the northernmost NICTD rail). A 58-foot space lay between the southernmost Conrail gate and the northernmost NICTD gate. Thus, the maximum storage area for the grade crossing was about 58 feet.

 

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