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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-14-054
Synopsis: On May 28, 2013, about 1:59 p.m., a 2003 Mack Granite three-axle roll-off straight truck, operated by Alban Waste, LLC, was traveling northwest on a private road in Rosedale, Maryland, toward a private highway–railroad grade crossing. The grade crossing consisted of two tracks and was marked on each side with a crossbuck sign. The truck was carrying a load of debris to a recycling center located 3.5 miles from the carrier terminal. About the same time, a CSX Transportation Company (CSXT) freight train—which consisted of two locomotives, 31 empty cars, and 14 loaded cars—was traveling southwest at a recorded speed of 49 mph. As the train approached the crossing, the train horn sounded three times. The truck did not stop; and as the train traversed the crossing, it struck the truck on the right side, causing the truck to rotate and overturn before coming to rest on the earthen embankment on the northwest side of the tracks. The first 15 cars of the 45-car train derailed.
Recommendation: TO THE CSX TRANSPORTATION COMPANY: Assist the state of Maryland in taking actions identified by the state to improve the safety of the accident grade crossing (140833J) and the three other private highway–railroad grade crossings (140831V, 140828M, and 140829U) evaluated in this investigation.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Railroad
Location: Rosedale, MD, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: HWY13MH013
Accident Reports: Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Collision
Report #: HAR-14-02
Accident Date: 5/28/2013
Issue Date: 10/22/2014
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: CSX Transportation, Inc. (Open - Acceptable Response)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 6/24/2015
Response: We note that representatives of CSXT met with representatives of the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Baltimore County Department of Public Works to discuss Safety Recommendations R-14-54 and -55 in December 2014, and, in January 2015, with Baltimore County Councilman Todd K. Crandall, and that you expect to continue these discussions. We also note that you intend to work with the state and county to address the safety of the four grade crossings we evaluated, as well as other grade crossing safety issues involving CSXT. Accordingly, pending completion of the recommended actions, Safety Recommendation R-14-54 is classified as OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: CSX Transportation, Inc.
Date: 1/20/2015
Response: -From Bruce Rose, Director, Train Accident Prevention: On December 18, 2014, CSXT participated in a meeting with representatives of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Baltimore County Department of Public Works (County) to discuss the NTSB safety recommendations. On January 19, 2015, CSXT met with Baltimore County Councilman Todd K. Crandell to further discuss the above recommendations. These meetings were both productive and helpful and further discussions are anticipated. CSXT will continue to work cooperatively with the State of Maryland on any additional safety improvements identified, including, but not limited to, the possibility of closing or consolidating crossings. CSXT looks forward to working with the County as well, as it is a necessary party due to its jurisdiction over public roads abutting the four private crossings referenced in the recommendations. Recognizing that there may be measures undertaken in the future in addition to those discussed below, CSXT requests that this recommendation be designated Open-Acceptable Response.