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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-78-042
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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: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION: MAINTAIN STRICT SURVEILLANCE OF THE FORD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY'S COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
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: 12/12/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FHWA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FHWA
Date: 12/12/1978
Response:

From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/21/1978
Response: FHWA LETTER: FORD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY IS NOT A FOR HIRE MOTOR CARRIER HOWEVER THE INTERMITTENT INTERSTATE TRANSFER OF EQUIPMENT IS DEEMED TO BE PRIVATE CARRIAGE SUBJECT TO FMCSR. AS THERE IS NO FEDERAL REQUIREMENT THAT PRIVATE CARRIERS OBTAIN OPERATING AUTHORITY OR REGISTER THEIR OPERATIONS THIS FIRM WAS UNKNOWN TO BMCS AND HAD NOT BEEN SERVED WITH THE REGULATIONS. ON 6/2/77 THE CARRIER'S PRESIDENT WAS SERVED WITH THE FMCSR BY BMCS. A SAFETY COMPLIANCE SURVEY CONDUCTED AT THAT TIME REVEALED A PATTERN OF GENERAL NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE FMCSR. ON 7/18/79 ANOTHER COMPLIANCE SURVEY WAS MADE ON FORD. WHILE THERE WAS IMPROVEMENT THERE WERE STILL AREAS OF VIOLATION. A THIRD COMPLIANCE SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ABOUT 6 MONTHS. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THIS MATTER WILL RESPOND TO ADMINISTRATIVE HANDLING.