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About 12:55 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, a 2011 Peterbilt truck-tractor in combination with a 2003 Great Dane semitrailer operated by the motor carrier Walmart Transportation LLC (Walmart Transportation truck) was traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike (part of Interstate 95) near Cranbury, New Jersey, in the center lane of the three-lane roadway. Near milepost 71.4, the Walmart Transportation truck encountered traffic that had slowed to less than 10 mph along a construction corridor, due to closure of the center and right-hand lanes. The truck was traveling 65 mph in a nighttime work zone that had a posted speed limit of 45 mph. The Walmart Transportation truck struck the left rear of a slowly moving 2012 Mercedes-Benz limo van (limo van) that was in the center lane. The impact from the Walmart Transportation truck accelerated the limo van forward and caused it to turn to the right. The limo van collided with a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling in the right lane. Contact from the Freightliner and Walmart Transportation trucks forced the limo van to roll over one quarter turn onto its left (driver) side. During its roll, the limo van struck the rear of a 2011 Buick Enclave, which then struck the rear of a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The limo van came to rest overturned onto its left (driver) side across the center lane. After striking the limo van, the Walmart Transportation truck continued into the left lane and struck a 2005 Nissan Altima in the rear before colliding with a guardrail and stopping on the shoulder against a concrete barrier. Twenty-one people in six vehicles were involved in the crash. As a result of the crash, one limo van passenger, who had been riding in the vehicle’s passenger compartment, died on scene, and the other four passengers in this compartment were seriously injured. Five additional people had minor injuries.
TO THE NEW JERSEY STATE FIRST AID COUNCIL: Work with the New Jersey Department of Health–Office of Emergency Medical Services to establish, with the involvement of county emergency medical services (EMS) coordinators, local municipalities, and EMS agencies, minimum training and practice standards for all organizations that provide EMS on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Original recommendation transmittal letter:
Open - Await Response
Cranbury, NJ, United States
Preliminary Report: Highway Accident Investigation, Cranbury, NJ
Multivehicle Work Zone Crash on Interstate 95
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status:
New Jersey State First Aid Council, Inc. (Open - Await Response)
Safety Recommendation History
New Jersey State First Aid Council, Inc.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in other modes of transportation—railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. We determine the probable cause of the accidents and issue safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. In addition, we carry out special studies concerning transportation safety and coordinate the resources of the federal government and other organizations to provide assistance to victims and their family members affected by major transportation disasters. We are providing the following information to urge the New Jersey State First Aid Council to take action on the safety recommendation being issued in this letter. On August 11, 2015,we adopted our report concerning the June 7, 2014, work zone accident on Interstate95 (I-95) in Cranbury, New Jersey, in which a truck-tractor semitrailer operated by Walmart Transportation LLC, traveling northbound on I-95, encountered traffic that had slowed along a construction corridor; the truck struck the rear of a limo van, and a series of successive impacts ensued, resulting in one death and four seriously injured people.1 Additional information about this accident and the resulting recommendations may be found in the report of the investigation, which can be accessed at our website, http://www.ntsb.gov,under report number NTSB/HAR-15/02. As a result of this investigation, we reiterated six safety recommendations, including three to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and three to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA). We also issued nine new recommendations, including one to the Federal Highway Administration; one to NHTSA; one to the New Jersey Department of Health–Office of Emergency Medical Services; two to the National Limousine Association; two to Walmart Transportation LLC; one to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, Detroit Diesel Corporation, and Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems; and the following recommendation to the New Jersey State First Aid Council: H-15-19 Work with the New Jersey Department of Health–Office of Emergency Medical Services to establish, with the involvement of county emergency medical services(EMS) coordinators, local municipalities, and EMS agencies, minimum training and practice standards for all organizations that provide EMS on the New Jersey Turnpike. Chairman HART, Vice Chairman DINH-ZARR, and Members SUMWALT and WEENER concurred in this recommendation. The NTSB is vitally interested in this recommendation because it is designed to prevent accidents and save lives. We would appreciate receiving a response from you within 90days detailing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement it. When replying, please refer to the safety recommendation by number. We encourage you to submit your response electronically to email@example.com. If it exceeds 10megabytes, including attachments, please e-mail us at the same address for instructions. Please do not submit both an electronic copy and a hard copy of the same response.
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