The National Transportation Safety Board is seeking to educate commuters on how to avoid damage in an accident — through a safety alert, which the agency will share with railroad officials, passengers and on its website.
The notice, “One-Chip AMTRAK S219/9M” means that the board wants passengers to transport their own personal items, as well as hand luggage, with them in an event of an emergency. “Be sure that you know how to properly stow your items on the train,” the alert notes. “These items must be secured in easily accessible locations.”
Recall violations come with a $1,000 civil penalty for the first violation and $2,000 for each subsequent violation. These fines do not apply to cars or trucks, according to the agency’s website.
No injuries have resulted from any of the recent incidents involving trains derailing in New York and New Jersey, and NTSB plans to continue its investigation, and offer more information to the public. On Friday, an MTA train derailed in Brooklyn and the NTSB is currently investigating whether it was the result of a defect with an overhead wiring.
“Because each situation differs, always insist on carrying extra charges to speed up responses in the event of an emergency,” the alert cautions. “Use these devices to avoid damage to valuable personal property in an emergency.”