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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-74-030
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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 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES AND THE NATIONAL GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE: USE THE EXAMPLE OF THIS CASE TO BRING ABOUT THE EXPEDITIOUS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNIVERSAL EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER (911) CONCEPT IN THEIR RESPECTIVE POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS SO AS TO DERIVE THE TIME-SAVING BENEFITS THEREOF.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Highway
Location: Garden City, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
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Accident Date: 8/8/1973
Issue Date: 10/9/1974
Date Closed: 1/1/1980
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