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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-77-039
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Synopsis: ABOUT 7:04 P.M., ON AUGUST 20, 1976, A TRACTOR-SEMITRAILER DESCENDING A STEEP GRADE IN VALLEY VIEW, OHIO, COLLIDED WITH 10 AUTOMOBILES THAT WERE STOPPED AT A SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE GRADE. FIRE ENSUED. EIGHT OF THE 27 AUTOMOBILE OCCUPANTS DIED AND 15 WERE INJURED; THE TRUCKDRIVER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD DETERMINES THAT THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THIS ACCIDENT WAS THE INABILITY OF THE IMPROPERLY ADJUSTED AND PARTIALLY INOPERATIVE SERVICE BRAKE SYSTEM ON THE TRACTOR-SEMITRAILER TO ADEQUATELY SLOW THE VEHICLE AS IT DESCENDED THE GRADE. INADEQUATE PRETRIP INSPECTION BY THE DRIVER AND THE LACK OF REQUIRED MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION BY THE CARRIER FAILED TO IDENTIFY AND TO CORRECT THE UNSAFE CONDITION OF THE BRAKE SYSTEMS. THE FAILURE OF THE ROAD SIGNS TO PROVIDE ADVANCE WARNING INFORMATION CONCERNING THE LENGTH AND STEEPNESS OF THE GRADE AND THE PRESENCE OF THE SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION, PREVENTED THE DRIVER FROM TAKING EARLY EVASIVE ACTION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE STATE OF OHIO: CONSIDER AMENDING STATE LAWS TO ALLOW THE DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION TO PLACE AND MAINTAIN TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES THAT CONFORM TO ITS MANUAL AND SPECIFICATIONS UPON ALL EXTENSIONS OF STATE HIGHWAYS THROUGH LOCAL JURISDICTIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Valley View, OH, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80027
Accident Reports: Long transportation Company, Tractor- Semi-Trailer Collision with Multiple Vehicles
Report #: HAR-77-03
Accident Date: 8/20/1976
Issue Date: 1/12/1978
Date Closed: 11/9/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Ohio, Department of Transportation (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: State of Ohio, Department of Transportation
To: NTSB
Date: 6/15/1978
Response: 6-15-78 THE RECOMMENDATION IS BEYOND THE SCOPE AND PURVIEW OF THE OHIO, DOT. NO CHANGES ARE CONTEMPLATED IN THIS AREA AT THIS TIME. 9/6/78 - OHIO DOT LETTER LISTS A NUMBER OF LOCAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR TRAFFIC ENGINEERING. EACH ODOT DISTRICT HAS ASSIGNED AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT TRAFFIC ENGINEER FOR SAFETY WHO SPENDS 40% OF HIS TIME WORKING WITH LOCAL JURISDICTIONS. ODOT HAS DISTRIBUTED STANDARD SIGNS TO LOCAL JURISDICTIONS. THEY HAVE USED THE FEDERAL PAVEMENT MARKING DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO MAKR SIGNALIZED INTERSECTIONS AND SCHOOL CROSSING IN A NUMBER OF JURISDICTIONS. TRAINING IN TRAFFIC ENGINEERING AND RELATED SUBJECTS IS SPONSORED AND FUNDED BY THE ODOT.