GRADE CROSSING ACCIDENT INJURY MINIMIZATION STUDY
The purpose of this study was to identify and evaluate potential concepts for reducing injuries to highway occupants and train occupants in rail-highway grade crossing collisions. A review of railroad, highway vehicle, and aviation sources was made. The identified concepts were principally those from railroad crashworthiness and collision attenuation studies, plus some collision attenuation concepts from highway safety work. A list of concepts was developed and each approach evaluated for effectiveness according to a set of criteria based primarily on performance in normal operations and in accidents. The more effective concepts consisted of a hard-faced deflector covering the locomotive coupler to remove the highway vehicle from the tracks, a soft crushable collision attenuator to reduce impact accelerations and forces, and increased use of rail brakes in passenger cars.
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HH Aerospace Design Company, IncorporatedCivil Air Terminal
Bedford, MA United States 01730
Federal Railroad Administration1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Frey, E J
- Teobald Jr, C E
- Publication Date: 1980-12
- Pagination: 197 p.
- TRT Terms: Benefit cost analysis; Braking; Cabs (Vehicle compartments); Crashes; Crashworthiness; Electromagnetic devices; Injuries; Intersections; Locomotives; Occupant protection devices; Railroad grade crossings; Railroads; Safety; Statistical analysis; Traffic crashes; Traffic safety; Vehicle design
- Uncontrolled Terms: Impact protection
- Old TRIS Terms: Electromagnetic braking; Grade crossing accidents; Locomotive cab crashworthiness; Locomotive design
- Subject Areas: Data and Information Technology; Design; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00329039
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-80/87 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-8197
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM