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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-82-045
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Synopsis: ON MARCH 14, 1982, A PRIVATELY OWNED SOUTHBOUND FORD VAN WAS STRUCK BY AN EASTBOUND COMMUTER PASSENGER TRAIN AT A RAILROAD/HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSING ON HERRICKS ROAD AND THE MAIN LINE OF THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD IN MINEOLA, NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK. THE FORD VAN, OCCUPIED BY A TEENAGE DRIVER AND NINE TEENAGE PASSENGERS, HAD BEEN DRIVEN AROUND A PROPERLY FUNCTIONING LOWERED GATE WITH FLASHING LIGHTS ONTO THE CROSSING. FOLLOWING THE IMPACT, A MINOR FIRE WAS IGNITED IN THE VAN'S MOTOR COMPARTMENT. THE FIRE WAS QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED BY A LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT. NINE OF THE VAN OCCUPANTS WERE KILLED AND ONE PASSENGER WAS CRITICALLY INJURED. THERE WERE NO REPORTED INJURIES TO THE PASSENGERS OR CREW ABOARD THE COMMUTER TRAIN.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: EXPEDITIOUSLY PROCEED WITH PLANS AND FINANCING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF GRADE SEPARATION STRUCTURES AT THE HERRICKS ROAD CROSSING OF THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD MAIN LINE AND OTHER NEARBY CROSSINGS.
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: 10/27/1982
Date Closed: 3/31/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of New York, Department of Transportation (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of New York, Department of Transportation
Date: 3/31/1983
Response:

From: State of New York, Department of Transportation
To: NTSB
Date: 12/7/1982
Response: NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LETTER: A PROJECT HAS ALREADY BEEN INITIATED TO DEVELOP PLANS FOR A GRADE SEPARATION STRUCTURE AT THE HERRICKS ROAD CROSSING OF THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD MAINLINE AND OTHER NEARBY CROSSINGS. ALTHOUGH FULL CONSTRUCTION FUNDING FOR THIS IMPORTANT PROJECT HAS NOT BEEN SECURED, THE DEPARTMENT IS SEEKING VARIOUS FUNDING SOURCES.