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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-78-040
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Synopsis: ABOUT 4:00 P.M. E.D.T., ON MAY 12, 1977, A PARTIALLY LOADED FLATBED TRUCK, TOWING A FLATBED UTILITY SEMITRAILER FULLY LOADED WITH A LOADER-BACKHOE TRACTOR, WAS DESCENDING A CURVED, STEEP, LONG GRADE NEAR MARION, NORTH CAROLINA, WHEN THE COMBINATION VEHICLE SUDDENLY BEGAN TO ACCELERATE. THE TRUCK-SEMITRAILER REMAINED ON THE ROADWAY FOR ABOUT 1/3 OF A MILE AND WAS NEGOTIATING A CURVE WHEN IT SKIDDED SIDEWAYS; THE SEMITRAILER CROSSED INTO THE OPPOSING TRAFFIC LANE. THE LOADER-BACKHOE TRACTOR BROKE FREE OF ITS RESTRAINING CHAINS AND VAULTED TO THE ROADWAY INTO THE PATH OF AN ONCOMING VAN. THE TRUCK-SEMITRAILER CONTINUED AHEAD, LEFT THE ROAD, AND STRUCK A TREE. FIVE OCCUPANTS OF THE VAN WERE KILLED AND TWO WERE CRITICALLY INJURED. THE TRUCKDRIVER WAS NOT INJURED; A PASSENGER IN THE TRUCK RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION: Establish a procedure that will serve to identify all carriers, vehicles and drivers under federal highway administration jurisdiction. (Superseded by H-84-068)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Superseded
Mode: Highway
Location: Marion, NC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79829
Accident Reports: Ford Construction Company Truck- Semi-Trailer/Dodge Van Collision
Report #: HAR-78-03
Accident Date: 5/12/1977
Issue Date: 5/16/1978
Date Closed: 7/1/1985
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FHWA (Closed - Superseded)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FHWA
Date: 7/1/1985
Response:

From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 12/21/1984
Response: FHWA LTR: IN RESPONDING TO THESE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS, THE BOARD HAD REQUESTED TO BE INFORMED AS TO THE NUMBER OF NEW CARRIERS IDENTIFIED THROUGH THE SAFETY INSPECTION AND WEIGHING DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM AS DESCRIBED IN OUR APRIL 17, 1979 LETTER. THE NUMBER OF NEW CARRIERS IDENTIFIED BY YEAR ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1979 - 10,286, 1980 - 11,689, 1981 - 8,871, 1982 - 6,247.

From: NTSB
To: FHWA
Date: 5/15/1979
Response:

From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/30/1978
Response: FHWA LTR: RELATES AN EXISTING PROCEDURE TO IDENTIFY CARRIERS UNDER FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS (FMCSR) JURISDICTION SUCH AS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE ICC AND BMCS REGARDING CARRIERS GRANTED OPERATING AUTHORITY BY ICC, DRIVER/EQUIPMENT COMPLIANCE CHECKS, NOISE CHECKS, BMCS INVESTIGATOR OBSERVATIONS, STATE AND FEDERAL INFORMATION EXCHANGE, MAJOR ACCIDENT NOTIFICATION, AND COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION. THESE EFFORTS RESULTED IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF 9000 NEW CARRIERS LAST YEAR. FHWA REJECTS THE IDEA OF FEDERAL REGISTRATION OF CARRIERS DUE TO A LACK OF RESOURCES, DUPLICATION OF STATE EFFORTS AND THE LOW NUMBER OF NEW CARRIERS THAT WOULD BE IDENTIFIED. THE IDENTIFICATION OF DRIVERS AND VEHICLES IS BEYOND THE RESOURCES OF BMCS. THE BMCS IS ATTEMPTING TO FURTHER IDENTIFY CARRIERS BY HAVING EACH FHWA REGION REVIEW THE ENTRY AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF EACH STATE WITHIN THE REGION. 4/17/79 - FHWA LTR REPLYING TO NTSB LTR OF 1/29/79 REQUESTING INFORMATION ON CARRIER/ DRIVER NUMBERS: FHWA ESTIMATES THAT ABOUT ONE-HALF OF THE ESTIMATED 4 MILLION DRIVERS INVOLVED IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE ARE EMPLOYED BY AUTHORIZED CARRIERS. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 200,000 OWNER/OPERATORS LEASED TO AUTHORIZED CARRIERS. THE FMCSR ARE SERVED ONLY TO OWNER/OPERATORS WHO ARE CARRIERS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT. ABOUT 35,000 HAVE BEEN SO SERVED. FHWA SHARES NTSB INTEREST IN STRIVING TO CREATE A GREATER AWARENESS OF FMCSR. ONE EFFORT TO TO ACHIEVE THIS IS THE FHWA SAFETY INSPECTION AND WEIGHING PROGRAM. THIS EFFORT WILL BE ACTIVATED LATER IN 1979 INVOLVING ONE OR MORE STATES.