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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-15-023
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Synopsis: 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.
Recommendation: TO WAL-MART STORES, INC. (ORIGINALLY ISSUED TO WALMART TRANSPORTATION LLC): Incorporate into your corporate safety program a method for conducting ongoing analysis of aggregated critical event report data on hard-braking and stability control events.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Highway
Location: Cranbury, NJ, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: HWY14MH012
Accident Reports: ​Preliminary Report: Highway Accident Investigation, Cranbury, NJMultivehicle Work Zone Crash on Interstate 95
Report #: HAR-15-02
Accident Date: 6/7/2014
Issue Date: 9/8/2015
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Open - Acceptable Response)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Date: 11/2/2016
Response: We note that you are finalizing contract negotiations that will lead to development of the recommended program. We look forward to receiving further updates from you as you implement the pilot programs. Until then, Safety Recommendation H-15-023 remains classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 6/30/2016
Response: -From Thomas E. Evans, Vice President and General Counsel, Merchandising, Marketing, and Supply Chain: As stated in its November 6, 2015 update to Chairman Hart of the NTSB, Walmart Transportation, LLC remains committed to the implementation of a centralized program and process that will allow it to use available telemetric, and other available data (including critical event report data on hard-braking and stability control events) to spot trends and enable prophylactic interventions that enhance the operational safety of its individual drivers and the overall fleet. Walmart has selected technology vendors and is in the final stages of contract negation which include an implementation of pilot programs. We are scheduled to pilot a new On board Computer system in our trucks beginning in July, 2016 with the goal of a fleet-wide rollout during 2017. We are also preparing a pilot of in-cab cameras in our trucks which will provide video footage of each critical event. We estimate that the cameras will be installed in the pilot trucks in January, 2017.

From: NTSB
To: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Date: 1/11/2016
Response: We are encouraged that you are committed to incorporating the recommended analytical component into your corporate safety program and that you are in the process of researching the most compatible program. We look forward to receiving further information from you as you develop and implement the recommended program. Until then, Safety Recommendation H-15-23 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 11/6/2015
Response: -From Thomas E. Evans, Vice President and General Counsel, Merchandising, Marketing, and Supply Chain: Consistent with the above NTSB recommendation, Walmart Transportation, LLC is committed to the implementation of a centralized program and process that will allow it to use available telemetric, and other available data (including critical event report data on hard-braking and stability control events) to spot trends and enable prophylactic interventions that enhance the operational safety of its individual drivers and the overall fleet. The timeline for the implementation of this process is uncertain given that Walmart Transportation LLC is currently evaluating new technology that would enhance this capability. Finally, with respect to recommendations discussed above, Walmart Transportation, LLC will provide an update to the NTSB on June 30, 2016 detailing the status of its implementation efforts.