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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-77-041
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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 LOCAL JURISDICTIONS TO OBTAIN STATE APPROVAL BEFORE INSTALLING TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES ON STATE ROUTES THROUGH THEIR JURISDICTIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
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: 8/4/1986
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FHWA (Closed - Reconsidered)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FHWA
Date: 8/4/1986
Response:

From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/17/1986
Response: AS STATED IN OUR LETTERS OF JULY 25, 1978, AND JANUARY 19, 1979, SUCH A REGULATION WOULD NOT HAVE MUCH, IF ANY, EFFECT SINCE LOCAL TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES MUST BE IN CONFORMANCE WITH STATE LAW AND THE STATE'S APPROVED MANUAL ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES. ON MAY 8, 1979, THE FHWA STAFF MET WITH THE BOARD'S STAFF TO FURTHER DISCUSS THIS RECOMMENDA TION. AT THAT TIME, THE BOARD'S STAFF VERBALLY AGREED TO RECONSIDER THE RECOMMENDATION AND CLOSE IT. WE NEVER RE CEIVED CONFIRMATION OF THIS AGREEMENT.