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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-74-027
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Synopsis: AT 4:30 P.M.,E.D.S.T., ON AUGUST 8, 1973 A 1972 MUSTANG CARRYING FIVE TEENAGERS WAS DRIVEN ONTO THE ELECTRIFIED TRACKS OF THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD BY AN UNLICENSED 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL. THE CAR'S CONTACT WITH THE THIRD RAIL CAUSED A MOMENTARY SHORT CIRCUIT AND INITIATED SEVERE ELECTRICAL ARCING. THE CAR IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO BURN AT THE FRONT, AND THE FIRE SPREAD TO THE REAR. THE TWO GIRLS IN THE FRONT SEATS ESCAPED THROUGH THE RIGHT DOOR. THE THREE GIRLS IN THE BACK SEAT DIED IN THE FIRE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION: STUDY THE HAZARD THAT EXISTS TO ERRANT VEHICLES FAILING TO NEGOTIATE TURNS AS THE ROAD TERMINATES AT A "T" INTERSECTION AND LEAVES THE TRAVELED WAY AND DEVELOP RECOMMENDED ENGINEERING PRACTICES OR DESIGN STANDARDS WHICH WILL ELIMINATE THIS PROBLEM. THE STUDY, AS A MINIMUM, SHOULD REVIEW ACCIDENT STATISTICS AND TYPES, LOCATION AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH BARRIERS SHOULD BE USED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Garden City, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79759
Accident Reports: Automobile Intrusion Onto the Long Island Railroad Electrified Tracks and Fire
Report #: HAR-74-03
Accident Date: 8/8/1973
Issue Date: 10/9/1974
Date Closed: 1/1/1980
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FHWA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/29/1975
Response: FHWA LETTER STATES THERE ARE SEVERAL PUBLICATIONS WHICH GIVE GENERAL GUIDANCE IN THE AREA OF T-INTERSECTION DESIGN. MANUAL ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES INDICATES TYPES OF SIGNS APPROPRIATE FOR THE T-INTERSECTION SITUATION. NCHRP REPORT 118 PROVIDES GUIDANCE IN SELECTION OF TRAFFIC BARRIERS. A TASK FORCE FROM AASHTO SUBCOMMITTEE ON DESIGN, LOCATION, AND SELECTION OF TRAFFIC BARRIER SYSTEMS IS PRESENTLY WORKING ON A NEW GUIDE. THE RECOMMENDATION WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE TASK FORCE.