Railroad Accident Report

Derailment of Freight Train H-BALT1-31
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Near Cajon Junction, California
On February 1, 1996

NTSB Number RAR-96/05
NTIS Number PB96-916305
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Abstract: On February 1, 1996, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company freight train H-BALT1- 31 derailed at milepost 60.4 near Cajon Junction, California. The conductor and the brakeman sustained fatal injuries; the engineer incurred serious injuries. A fire resulting from the derailment and subsequent rail car pileup engulfed the train and adjacent areas. The major safety issues discussed in this report are the lack of Federal and management oversight in the use of two-way end-of-train devices, the adequacy of operating personnel training in the use of two-way end-of-train devices, the carrier compliance with Federal regulations for event recorders, and the adequacy of wreckage removal operations for tank cars containing hazardous materials. The report also discusses safety issues relating to standards for brake pipe configurations, crashworthiness and occupant survivability, and emergency response and evacuation. As a result of its investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board issued safety recommendations to the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company, Federal Railroad Administration, Association of American Railroads, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Chemical Manufacturers Association.