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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-71-049
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Synopsis: ON MAY 30, 1970, A TANK TRUCK PARTIALLY FILLED WITH LIQUEFIED EXPLODED, WITHOUT WARNING, AFTER MAKING A DELIVERY AT THE VICTORY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. THE FORCE OF THE EXPLOSION AND ENSUING FIRES RESULTED IN FATAL INJURIES TO THE DRIVER AND A BYSTANDER, MINOR INJURIES TO 30 OTHER PERSONS, AND SUBSTANTIAL PROPERTY DAMAGES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: MAKE A DETERMINATION OF THE NEED FOR A PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDES FOR MUTUALLY SUPPORTIVE TECHNICAL EXCHANGES TO ENHANCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS REGULATORY FUNCTIONS, BETWEEN FEDERAL AND STATE OR LOCAL AGENCIES HAVING STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SAFE TRANSPORTATION AND DELIVERY OF THESE MATERIALS, AND, IF WARRANTED, INSTITUTE SUCH A PROGRAM.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79876
Accident Reports: Liquefied Oxygen Tank Truck Explosion Followed by Fires
Report #: HAR-71-06
Accident Date: 5/30/1970
Issue Date: 5/12/1971
Date Closed: 10/29/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: DOT (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: DOT
To: NTSB
Date: 6/22/1971
Response: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WORKING WITH NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS AT BOULDER CRYOGENICS LABORATORY TO IMPLEMENT THE NTSB RECOMMENDATIONS. DOT HAS SUBMITTED A PRELIMINARY PLAN TO COMPRESSED GAS ASSOCIATION, INC., FOR A JOINT PROGRAM OF STUDY AND TESTING TO BE PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS.