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Safety Recommendation H-82-014
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Synopsis: ON MARCH 14, 1982, AT A RAILROAD/HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSING ON HERRICKS ROAD IN NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK, A 19-YEAR-OLD MALE DROVE HIS SOUTHBOUND VAN, OCCUPIED BY NINE OTHER TEENAGERS, AROUND A PROPERLY FUNCTIONING LOWERED AUTOMATIC GATE WITH FLASHING LIGHTS, ONTO THE MAIN LINE TRACKS OF THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD, AND INTO THE PATH OF AN ONCOMING TRAIN. THE DRIVER AND EIGHT PASSENGERS WERE KILLED AND ONE PASSENGER WAS INJURED CRITICALLY. ACCIDENT STATISTICS INDICATE THAT IN THE 3-YEAR PERIOD FROM 1978 TO 1980 THERE WERE 438 ACCIDENT/INCIDENTS AT RAILROAD/HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSINGS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. THESE ACCIDENTS/ INCIDENTS RESULTED IN 50 FATALITIES. ALSO, WHILE THE NUMBER OF FATALITIES AND INJURIES RESULTING FROM GRADE CROSSING ACCIDENTS HAVE DECLINED NATIONALLY OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS, THEY HAVE NOT IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. THE SAFETY BOARD BELIEVES THAT NEW YORK'S PARTICIPATION IN THE VOLUNTARY "OPERATION LIFESAVER" PROGRAM WOULD INCREASE SAFETY FOR HIGHWAY AND RAILROAD USERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE STATE OF NEW YORK: ADOPT AN "OPERATION LIFESAVER" PROGRAM AS A FOUNDATION FOR A STATE WIDE EFFORT TO REDUCE TRAIN/HIGHWAY VEHICLE ACCIDENTS AT RAILROAD/HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSINGS IN NEW YORK.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Mineola, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA82AH004
Accident Reports: ‚ÄčLong Island Railroad, Commuter Train / Ford Van Collision
Report #: RHR-82-02
Accident Date: 3/14/1982
Issue Date: 5/4/1982
Date Closed: 8/23/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of New York (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of New York
Date: 8/23/1983
Response:

From: State of New York
To: NTSB
Date: 7/13/1983
Response: GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK STATE LETTER: AN OPERATION LIFESAVER PROGRAM WAS INAUGURATED IN NEW YORK IN JULY 1982. ITS CHAIRMAN IS MR. SETH CORWIN, PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL BUS ASSOCIATION. A STAFF PERSON FROM THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO AID MR. CORWIN AND THE COMMITTEE ALSO PROVIDES MR. CORWIN WITH OTHER OFFICE SERVICES.

From: NTSB
To: State of New York
Date: 5/19/1983
Response: