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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-77-040
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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 ANDTHE 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 THEPRESENCE OF THE SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION, PREVENTED THE DRIVER FROM TAKING EARLY EVASIVE ACTION.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION: REQUIRE THE STATE OF OHIO TO RENEW ITS EMPHASIS TOWARD THE IMPLEMENTATION AT THE LOCAL LEVEL OF ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES FOR THE ACCURATE IDENTIFICATION OF ACCIDENT LOCATIONS ON ALL ROADS AND STREETS, AS OUTLINED IN HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAM STANDARD NO. 9, CHAPTER 7, SECTION 3A, B, AND C.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 9/28/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FHWA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/12/1978
Response: OHIO HAS AN ACCIDENT IDENTIFICATION AND LOCATION SYSTEM. 97% OF ALL REPORTABLE ACCIDENTS IN OHIO REGARDLESS OF JURISDICTION ARE BEING INCLUDED IN THE STATES COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM. IN 1976 FHWA REVIEWED THE SYSTEM AND MADE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT THE DISSEMINATION OF EXISTING RECORDS TO LOCAL JURISDICTIONS BE EXPEDITED. FHWA IS WORKING WITH OHIO TO IMPROVE AND REFINE THEIR SYSTEM. THE FOLLOWING POINTS ARE BEING ADDRESSED: 1) LOCAL JURISDICTIONAL USE OF RECORDS 2) STATES LOCATION IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT.