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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-10-019
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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: Develop a formal process by which the general manager and managers responsible for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operations, maintenance, and engineering will periodically review, in collaboration with the chief safety officer, all safety audits and open corrective action plans, and modify policy, identify and commit resources, and initiate any other action necessary to ensure that the plans are adequately addressed and closed within the required time frame.
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: 4/5/2011
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Transit, Safety Management Systems

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Date: 4/5/2011
Response: The NTSB is pleased that WMATA has reconstituted the Standing Safety Executive Committee, now the Executive Safety Committee (ESC), to include all Executive Leadership Team members, inclusive of the General Manager, Tri-State Oversight Committee members, union representatives, and additional members of the safety staff and that the ESC meets monthly to review all audits, major accidents, and open corrective action plans. This action satisfies Safety Recommendation R-10-19, which is classified CLOSED – ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 11/4/2010
Response: CC# 201000408: - From Richard Sarles, General Manager: WMATA reconstituted the Standing Safety Executive committee (SSEC), now the Executive Safety Committee (ESC), to include all Executive Leadership Team (ELT) members, inclusive of the General Manager, Tri-State Oversight members, union representatives, and varying members of the safety staff. The ESC meets monthly to review all audits, major accidents, and open corrective action plans as well as any safety concerns arising from departmental level or local safety committee meetings. Additionally, the scheduling of these meetings occurs shortly before the newly instituted Safety &Security Committee (SSC) of the Board of Directors. The restructuring of the ESC and SSC has permitted more timely and concise communication of safety concerns to be provided to WMATA's executive staff and board members. The SSPP has been revised to reflect these meetings and representation. Additionally, the General Manager meets with the frontline supervisors every six (6) weeks to review safety concerns and safety performance of WMATA's various facilities.