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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-82-046
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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: ANALYZE THE OPERATIONAL ASPECTS OF ALL GRADE CROSSINGS ON THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD SYSTEM AND DETERMINE WHAT, IF ANY, SHORT AND LONG TERM IMPROVEMENTS SHOULD BE MADE FOR EACH CROSSING TO IMPROVE SAFETY.
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: 6/24/1987
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: 6/24/1987
Response:

From: State of New York, Department of Transportation
To: NTSB
Date: 4/7/1987
Response: ATTACHED YOU WILL FIND A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DEPT'S PROCEDURES FOR CONDUCTING THESE SURVEYS, ESTABLISHING PRIORITIES, AND SCHEDULING IMPROVEMENTS. WE SHOULD POINT OUT THAT ALL GRADE CROSSINGS ON THE LIRR ARE EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC GATES. THE DEPT. HAS INITIATED FOUR PILOT PROJECTS TO INSTALL CANTILEVERED FLASHERS ON THE LIRR. THE DEPT HAS ALSO INITIATED PROJECTS TO INSTALL CONSTANT WARNING TIME DEVICES AT FIVE CROSSINGS ON THIER LIRR. THESE SOPHISTICATED CIRCUITS WILL PROVIDE A CONSTANT WARNING TIME REGARDLESS OF TRAIN SPEED OR TIME STOPPED AT A STATION. THE DEPT. HAS INITIATED A PROJECT TO UPGRADE THE EXISTING WARNING DEVICES AT 43 CROSSINGS ON THE LIRR. AT HERRICKS ROAD, THE DEPT. HAS DETERMINED THAT THE PROPER LONG TERM SOLUTION REQUIRES GRADE SEPARATION OF THIS CROSSING PLUS FIVE OTHER ADJACENT CROSSINGS. THIS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY UNDER DESIGN WITH AN EXPECTED COST OF $180 MILLION.

From: NTSB
To: State of New York, Department of Transportation
Date: 3/17/1987
Response:

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: AN ANALYSIS OF THE OPERATIONAL ASPECTS OF ALL GRADE CROSSINGS ON THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD SYSTEM TO DETERMINE NECESSARY SHORT AND LONG TERM IMPROVEMENTS REGARDING SAFETY IS PRESENTLY BEYOND THE CAPABILITIES AND JURISDICTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS DEPARTMENT.