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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-10-014
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Synopsis: On Monday, June 22, 2009, about 4:58 p.m., eastern daylight time, inbound WMATA Metrorail train 112 struck the rear of stopped inbound Metrorail train 214. The accident occurred on aboveground track on the Metrorail Red Line near the Fort Totten station in Washington, D.C. The lead car of train 112 struck the rear car of train 214, causing the rear car of train 214 to telescope1 into the lead car of train 112, resulting in a loss of occupant survival space in the lead car of about 63 feet (about 84 percent of its total length). Nine people aboard train 112, including the train operator, were killed. Emergency response agencies reported transporting 52 people to local hospitals. Damage to train equipment was estimated to be $12 million.
Recommendation: TO THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY: Implement cable insulation resistance testing as part of Metrorail’s periodic maintenance program.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Washington, D.C., DC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA09MR007
Accident Reports: Collision of Two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrorail Trains Near Fort Totten Station
Report #: RAR-10-02
Accident Date: 6/22/2009
Issue Date: 8/10/2010
Date Closed: 7/19/2012
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Maintenance, Transit

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Date: 7/19/2012
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Date: 7/19/2012
Response: Because WMATA implemented the cable insulation resistance testing that we recommended as part of Metrorail’s periodic maintenance program, Safety Recommendation R-10-14 is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 6/10/2011
Response: CC# 201100318: - From James M. Dougherty, WSO-CSSD, Chief Safety Officer: Consistent with our discussions held on May 3, 2011, in collective review of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) "Open Acceptable" National Transportation Safety Board recommendations, the enclosed documentation is provided to support the closure of recommendation R-07-024. As requested, WMATA is providing information on our wheel truing procedures, along with examples of audits conducted by the Quality Assurance and Warranty department, whose responsibilities include, verification of accurate wheel truing at all locations.

From: NTSB
To: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Date: 4/5/2011
Response: The NTSB notes that WMATA is developing test procedures and standards to implement the testing of the cable insulation resistance as part of its periodic maintenance program. Testing is currently scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2012, with the repair of defects beginning in July 2011 and continuing through 2014. Pending completion of testing and repairs, Safety Recommendation R-10-14 is classified OPEN – ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE. We look forward to receiving a copy of WMATA’s test procedures and standards and further updates as progress continues to address Safety Recommendation R-10-14.

From: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 11/4/2010
Response: CC# 201000408: - From Richard Sarles, General Manager: WMATA has taken the necessary actions to implement testing of the cable insulation as part of its maintenance program. Test procedures and standards are in development and should be ready in November 2010. Testing is currently scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2012, with the repair of defects beginning in July 2011 and continuing through 2014.