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Safety Recommendation H-16-004
Synopsis: On January 27, 2014, about 9:20 p.m. central standard time, a 2004 Freightliner truck-tractor semitrailer, operated by the motor carrier DND International Inc., collided with stopped vehicles that were providing assistance to a disabled 2000 Volvo truck-tractor semitrailer, operated by the motor carrier Michael’s Cartage Inc., in the right lane of eastbound Interstate 88 (I-88), at milepost 122 near Naperville, Illinois. A flare line separated traffic from the response area containing the stopped vehicles. The responding Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (HELP) truck was using an active yellow arrow board to direct traffic away from the area, and the responding police patrol car had activated its flashing blue and red lights. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) classified both of the carriers involved in this crash as high-risk carriers, meaning that their ratings in the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), which the agency uses to assess carrier safety, were above certain established threshold levels. As a result of the collision, an Illinois State Toll Highway Authority worker operating the HELP truck died. An Illinois State Police trooper was seriously injured in a postcrash fire that completely consumed his patrol car, and the driver of the Freightliner combination vehicle was seriously injured. The driver of the disabled Volvo combination vehicle, who was sitting in the right front seat of the HELP truck when the crash occurred, received minor injuries.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION: Form a working group consisting of safety partners, industry representatives, and insurers, along the lines of the Federal Aviation Administration/industry Commercial Aviation Safety Team and General Aviation Joint Steering Committee programs, to determine ways to share information that would work best to induce noncompliant and unsafe motor carriers to take appropriate remedial action.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Highway
Location: Naperville, IL, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: HWY14FH002
Accident Reports: Preliminary Report Highway HWY14FH002Commercial Truck Collision with Stopped Vehicles on Interstate 88, Naperville, Illinois, January 27, 2014
Report #: HAR-16-01-SUM
Accident Date: 1/27/2014
Issue Date: 3/15/2016
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FMCSA (Open - Acceptable Response)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 7/16/2018
Response: We note that you continue to develop ways to improve carrier safety measurements. Pending implementation of the recommended information-sharing system, Safety Recommendation H-16-4 remains classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

Date: 3/20/2018
Response: -From Michael J. Jordon, Management and Program Analyst, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: On December 13, 2017, representatives from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) met to discuss the status of 7 safety recommendations. This memorandum communicates the status updates discussed. Current Classification: Open - Acceptable Response Requested Classification: Open - Acceptable Response • As reported previously, FMCSA tasked the MCSAC in March 2015 with Task 15-1 to provide recommendations to the Agency on the potential benefits and feasibility of voluntary compliance and ways to credit carriers and drivers who initiate and establish programs that promote safety beyond the standards established in FMCSA regulations. The committee issued its report on September 21, 2015 (see • While the Agency is contemplating how to launch the voluntary Beyond Compliance program, the Agency believes that the intent of this recommendation is to address the unsafe carriers flouting FMCSA rules and encourage their compliance with our safety regulations. • The Agency sees improvements to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) under the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program as the means to identify and address this group of noncompliant carriers. To that end, FMCSA has contracted for additional data collection to further understand the technologies and programs used by motor carriers, and how metrics are developed. A small initial group of carriers has provided information and a full data collection is being developed. • FMCSA presented information to Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) earlier this year on the improvement of motor carrier safety measurement in response to recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS). That presentation is attached for your information (see Appendix B). • As part of the Agency’s work implementing the NAS recommendations, FMCSA will partner with its industry stakeholders to consider the use of public data and its impact on safety • FMCSA anticipates additional activity will occur on this effort throughout 2018 and the Agency will provide subsequent updates to NTSB at a later date. • FMCSA requests NTSB maintain its classification for safety recommendation H-16-004 as “Open - Acceptable Response.”

From: NTSB
Date: 2/1/2017
Response: We note that you tasked the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee with the recommended action. Pending our review of the committee’s response and your implementation of the resulting guidance, Safety Recommendation H-16-4 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

Date: 7/5/2016
Response: -From T.F. Scott Darling, III, Acting Administrator: FMCSA will task its existing advisory committee, the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC), with determining the most appropriate way to share information that could potentially induce noncompliant and unsafe motor carriers to take remedial action. MCSAC is composed of members from our safety advocacy, enforcement, labor, industry, and insurance stakeholders who consider issues of concern and interest to the Agency and report their recommendations to the FMCSA Administrator. This task would be provided to MCSAC at an upcoming meeting this year to consider and issue recommendations prior to the end of 2016. At an upcoming meeting, the Agency will provide subject matter experts, both internal and external, as necessary, to brief the members on the issue and provide adequate information to allow the committee to recommend an appropriate course of action. When MCSAC makes its recommendation, FMCSA will review the recommendation and develop a plan for its implementation. FMCSA requests the NTSB classify safety recommendation H-1 6-004 as "Open – Acceptable Response."