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Safety Recommendation Report: Train Approach Warning and Predetermined Place of Safety

Executive Summary

​The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the June 10, 2017, accident in which a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train struck and killed a roadway worker who was occupying the railroad tracks inside an interlocking in Queens Village, New York. During this investigation, NTSB investigators became aware of an improper practice by the LIRR roadway workers working in or near the tracks. The LIRR must ensure that roadway workers are complying with its operating rules and procedures and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) roadway worker protection regulations. As a result of this ongoing investigation, the NTSB is issuing two urgent safety recommendations to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The LIRR is a subsidiary of the MTA.

Probable Cause


The National Transporation Safety Board makes the following two urgent safety recommendations to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

To the Metropolitan Transportation Authority:

Audit Long Island Rail Road’s use of train approach warning as a method of worker protection for compliance with Long Island Rail Road rules and federal regulations. (R-18-006) (Urgent)

Following the completion of the audit, implement actions to correct any identified deficiencies. (R-18-007) (Urgent)

Accident Location: Queens Village , NY USA  
Accident Date: 6/10/2017
Accident ID: DCA17FR009

Date Adopted: 2/13/2018
NTSB Number: RSR1802
NTIS Number:  

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