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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-82-050
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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 RAIL ROAD/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 MOTOR VEHICLES: INCLUDE IN A FUTURE VEHICLE REGISTRATION RENEWAL MAILING, AN INFORMATIONAL FLIER EXPLAINING DRIVER'S RESPONSIBILITIES AT AUTOMATIC RAILROAD CROSSING GATES AND FLASHING LIGHTS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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: 10/5/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of New York, Department of Motor Vehicles (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of New York, Department of Motor Vehicles
Date: 10/5/1983
Response: From recent correspondence from Governor Cuomo, the Safety Board learned that an Operation Lifesaver Program was inaugurated in New York in July 1982. In view of the constraints you outlined and as a result of the institution of this on-going program, which emphasizes similar information, we have classified Safety Recommendation H-82-50 as "Closed-Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: State of New York, Department of Motor Vehicles
To: NTSB
Date: 7/18/1983
Response: NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES LETTER: WITH RESPECT TO RECOMMENDATION H-82-50, THE ALTERNATIVE ACTION PROPOSED BY FORMER COMMISSIONER FOSCHIO IN HIS LETTER OF NOVEMBER 17, 1982, HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE ADMINISTRATIVELY UNFEASIBLE AT PRESENT. THE FORMAT OF THE DRIVER LICENSE APPLICATION INSTRUCTION CARD AND THE AMOUNT OF INSTRUCTONAL INFORMATION REQUIRED ON THE CARD LEAVE NO ROOM FOR OTHER INFORMATION. ALTHOUGH ADMINISTRATIVE CONSIDERATIONS HAVE PREVENTED THIS DEPARTMENT FROM IMPLEMENTING RECOMMENDATION H-82-50 OR ITS SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE, I REMAIN OPEN TO RECOMMENDATIONS ON OTHER METHODS OF INCREASING AWARNESS OF RAILROAD GRADE CROSSING SAFETY AMONG DRIVERS IN NEW YORK STATE.

From: NTSB
To: State of New York, Department of Motor Vehicles
Date: 3/31/1983
Response: The suggested use of original license application forms to provide information on driver responsibility at railroad/highway grade crossings is considered an acceptable alternative action to the recommended action of placing a flyer in vehicle registration renewals. We look forward to receiving information as to the final action taken. Safety Recommendation H-82-50 will be held in an "Open-Acceptable Action" status pending your further response. We appreciate your commitment to highway/rail transportation safety.

From: State of New York, Department of Motor Vehicles
To: NTSB
Date: 11/17/1982
Response: NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES LETTER: WITH RESPECT TO RECOMMENDATION H-82-50, CURRENT AND ANTICIPATED DEMANDS FOR REGISTRATION RENEWAL INSERTIONS MAKE THE RECOMMENDATION IMPRACTICAL FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. AS AN ALTERNATIVE, HOWEVER, THE DEPARTMENT IS EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY OF INCLUDING RAILROAD GRADE CROSSING INFORMATION WITH ORIGINAL LICENSE APPLICATION FORMS MAILED TO NEW LICENSEES. THIS INFORMATION COULD BE PART OF A GENERAL TRAFFIC SAFETY ADVISORY PRINTED ON THE REVERSE OF THE LICENSE APPLICATION INSTRUCTION CARD.