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New Instructions for Completing Form FRA F6180.54- Rail Equipment Accident/Incident Report

As of February 26, 2016, the instructions for completing Form FRA F6180.54- Rail Equipment Accident/Incident Report have been modified to gather additional data concerning rail cars carrying petroleum crude oil (crude oil) in any train involved in an FRA reportable accident. This new reporting requirement will help FRA capture more specific information on accidents that involve trains transporting crude oil and provide FRA an opportunity to better address risks to railroad safety and the general public.

For a five-year period, FRA will utilize the Form’s Special Study Block 49b to collect the following information regarding trains involved in FRA reportable accidents:
(1) The number of rail cars carrying crude oil;
(2) the number of cars damaged or derailed carrying crude oil;
(3) the number of cars releasing crude oil.

Crude Oil has been defined as petroleum crude oil, a regulated hazardous material (HAZMAT), classified as a Class 3 flammable liquid under the applicable Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations. For purposes of this report, cars carrying, damaged or releasing crude oil will include cars carrying any residue amounts of crude oil in the counts.

Whenever block 25 (Type of Equipment) on the Form FRA F6180.54 is equal to 1 (Freight Train), or 4 (Work Train), or 5 (single Car) or 6 (Cut of Cars), or 7 (Yard/switching), then the required information on crude oil in the train must be completed in Block 49b.

  • AAA is the count of the Number of Cars Carrying Crude Oil (similar to block 8, but limited to cars carrying crude oil and with leading zeroes). For example, if there are 26 cars carrying crude oil this would be recorded as 026.
  • BBB is the count of the Number of Crude Oil Cars Damaged/Derailed (similar to block 9, but limited to cars carrying crude oil that were damaged/derailed and with leading zeroes). For example, if 9 of the 26 cars carrying crude oil were damaged, record this as 009.
  • CCC is the count of the Number of Cars Releasing Crude Oil (similar to block 10, but limited to he number of cars releasing crude oil and with leading zeroes). For example, if 2 of the 9 damaged cars carrying crude oil released, it would be recorded as 002.
  • • Using the example, our AAA-BBB-CCC would be recorded as 026-009-002.

When there is no crude oil in the train and the equipment in the train meets the qualification of Type of Equipment, Block 49b must be coded as “000-000-000.”

All current instructions for completing Form FRA F6180.54 remain unchanged.

To view the Notification of Modification of Information Collection Requirements that was published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2015, please click on this link: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-24/pdf/2015-09486.pdf