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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-12-019
Synopsis: On March 12, 2011, about 5:38 a.m., a 1999 Prevost 56-passenger motorcoach, operated by World Wide Travel of Greater New York, headquartered in Brooklyn, was traveling southbound on Interstate 95, en route from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, to New York City, and carrying 32 passengers. While in the vicinity of mile marker 3.2, the motorcoach departed from the travel lanes to the right, driving over the rumble strips on the right shoulder edge. The motorcoach then crossed over the 10-foot-wide paved shoulder and struck a strong-post W-beam guardrail, traveling about 480 feet alongside and on the guardrail, before finally overturning 90° onto its right side and flattening the guardrail. The front of the vehicle subsequently collided with a vertical highway signpost consisting of two vertical 8-inch-diameter steel tubular poles linked by cross-beam diagonal metal supports. The front roof also collided with a steel electrical box mounted to the sign support structure. After the motorcoach struck the support structure and electrical box, the two poles entered the passenger compartment along the base of the passenger windows as the vehicle slid forward. The impact resulted in the roof panel being torn from the bus body for almost the entire length of the bus. As a result of this accident, 15 passengers were killed, 17 passengers received serious-to-minor injuries, and the bus driver received minor injuries.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION: Include information regarding the Safety Management Cycle in your Safety is Good Business motor carrier website.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: New York City, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: HWY11MH005
Accident Reports: Motorcoach Run-Off-the-Road and Collision With Vertical Highway Signpost, Interstate 95 Southbound
Report #: HAR-12-01
Accident Date: 3/12/2011
Issue Date: 7/12/2012
Date Closed: 5/23/2013
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FMCSA (Closed - Acceptable Action)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 5/23/2013
Response: We are pleased that the FMCSA added SMC information to the CSA website and that this information is now linked to the Safety is Good Business website. This action satisfies Safety Recommendation H-12-19, which is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

Date: 2/27/2013
Response: -From Anne S. Ferro, Administrator: There were over 3.36 million user sessions on the CSA website from January 2, 2010 through August 31, 2012, and nearly 30 million user sessions on the SMS website in 2011; data for user sessions on the SMS website are not available for 2012 at this time. To improve the visibility and reach, the Agency included the SMC information on the CSA 4 and Safety Measurement System (SMS)5 websites. The FMCSA has also linked the information on the Safety is Good Business website6 to the CSA website. Based on the information provided, FMCSA respectfully requests that NTSB classify Safety Recommendation H-12-19 as "Closed-Acceptable."