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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-14-010
Synopsis: On Monday, December 30, 2013, at 2:11 p.m. central standard time, westbound BNSF grain train G-RYLRGT9-26A derailed 13 cars at milepost 28.5 near Casselton, North Dakota. The grain train, operating on main track 1, consisted of 2 head-end locomotives, 1 rear distributive power unit (DPU) locomotive, and 112 cars. The 45th car from the head end of the grain train derailed onto main track 2, blocking the track. Eastbound BNSF petroleum crude oil unit train U-FYNHAY4-05T, operating on main track 2, collided with the derailed grain train car that was blocking the track. The unit train consisted of 2 head-end locomotives, 1 rear DPU locomotive, and 106 cars. The 2 head-end locomotives and the first 21 cars of the unit train derailed during the collision, releasing a substantial amount of crude oil and fueling a fire. About 1,400 people were evacuated from Casselton. No injuries to the public were reported.
Recommendation: TO THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS: Require secondhand-use railroad axles to undergo nondestructive testing specifically designed to locate internal material defects in axles.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Casselton, ND, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA14MR004
Accident Reports: Accident Invoving Two Freight TrainsRailroad Accident Brief: BNSF Railway Train Derailment and Subsequent Train Collision, Release of Hazardous Materials, and Fire
Report #: None
Accident Date: 12/30/2013
Issue Date: 4/7/2014
Date Closed: 9/26/2014
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of American Railroads (Closed - Acceptable Action)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 9/26/2014
Response: On July 29, 2014, Mr. James Grady, Assistant Vice President Technical Services, and Mr. Michael Martino, Senior Director, Operations, provided us a copy of your June 23, 2014, Circular Letter C-12195, Editorial Correction to Implementation of Revisions to MSRP Section G, Part II, concerning the radial ultrasonic inspection of secondhand axles for internal defects. This correction, which was issued on June 9, 2014, and implemented on July 1, 2014, revises Section G, Part II, Wheel and Axle Shop Manual S-659, as recommended. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation R-14-10 is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Association of American Railroads
Date: 7/29/2014
Response: -From Thomas J. Stahura, Executive Director, Rules and Standards, Association of American Railroads: This letter advises of an editorial correction to Implementation Circular Letter C-12189 which was issued on 6/9/14 with an implementation date of July 1, 2014 for revisions to Section G, Part II, WHEEL AND AXLE SHOP MANUAL, S-659 concerning radial ultrasonic inspection of secondhand axles for internal defects. The corrected implementation date is August 1, 2014. The attachments to this circular replaces the following pages: • Section G-Il [S-659] 1 thru 26 These modifications to Section G-Il become effective August 1, 2014 and will be incorporated in the next issue of the Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, Section G-11, WHEEL AND AXLE SHOP MANUAL. In the interim, please insert the circular attachments in your copy of MSRP Section G-Il and be governed accordingly. Questions should be directed to Mr. Daniel Carter, Manager- Wheels Axles Bearings and Lubrication Committee.