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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-77-042
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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 ACIDENT 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 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: SEEK THE NECESSARY FUNDING FROM THE CONGRESS TO INCREASE THE RESOURCES OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY TO ENABLE IT TO INCREASE ITS ACTIVITIES DEVOTED TO THE ROADSIDE INSPECTION OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES AND THE SAFETY COMPLIANCE SURVEYS OF CARRIER OPERATIONS.
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: DOT (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: DOT
To: NTSB
Date: 3/7/1978
Response: FHWA LETTER AGREES ON THE NEED FOR MORE RESOURCES TO EXPAND COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SAFETY INSPECTIONS AND INVESTIGATION ACTIVITIES. IT IS SEEKING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THROUGH BUDGET CHANNELS. THEY AREALSO MAKING VEHICLE INSPECTIONS AND TERMINAL SURVEYS PROGRAM EMPHASIS AREAS FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR. 4-27-78 DOT LETTER STATING THATTHE FY 79 BUDGET REQUEST FOR DOT SUPPORTS AN INCREASE IN FUNDING FORBMCS. THIS REQUEST HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO CONGRESS AND INCLUDES 26 ADDITIONAL SAFETY INSPECTORS FOR BMCS TO USE IN ITS ROADSIDE INSPECTION ACTIVITY.