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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-78-041
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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 inform all carriers and drivers under federal highway administration jurisdiction of their responsibilities in regard to the federal motor carrier safety regulations. (Superseded by H-84-068)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Overall Status: Closed - Superseded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Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FHWA (Closed - Superseded)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: A PROCEDURE TO INFORM CARRIERS AND DRIVERS OF THEIR FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITIES DOES EXIST. BECAUSE OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THE PROBLEM, THE PROCEDURE IS NOT ABSOL UTE AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT EACH OF THE ESTIMATED 4 MILLION DRIVERS AND 150,000 CARRIERS WILL ALWAYS BE INFORMED. FHWA BELIEVES THAT MOST DRIVERS AND CARRIERS ARE AWARE OF THE FMCSR. CARRIERS ARE SERVED WHEN IDENTIFIED BY COMMUNICATION WITH THE ICC. THERE IS NO DRIVER NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE. WITHIN LIMITS OF AVAIL ABLE RESOURCES THE FHWA CONSIDERS THAT PRESETNT PRO CEDURES USED TO INFORM CARRIERS AND DRIVERS UNDER FHWA JURISDICTION ARE RESPONSIVE AND EFFECTIVE. 4/17/79 - FHWA LTR: FHWA STATES CONCERN FOR DRIVER AWARENESS OF FMCSR; DESCRIBES NEW EFFORT IN SAFETY INSPECTION AND WEIGHING TO BE ACTIVATED LATER IN 1979 IN ONE OR MORE STATES. FHWA FEELS THAT THE STATE AGENCIES CAN ENHANCE BMCS PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION.