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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-82-053
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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 LONG ISLAND RAILROAD: EXTEND THE LENGTH OF THE CROSSING GATE ARMS AT THE HERRICKS ROAD GRADE CROSSING AND WHERE REQUIRED AT THE OTHER GRADE CROSSINGS OF THE MAIN LINE OF THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD SO THEY WILL COMPLY WITH YOUR EXISTING STANDARDS.
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: 7/5/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Long Island Railroad (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Long Island Railroad
Date: 7/5/1983
Response:

From: Long Island Railroad
To: NTSB
Date: 5/12/1983
Response: LONG ISLAND RAILROAD LETTER: GATE ARMS AT HERRICKS ROAD CROSSING WERE EXTENDED TO WITHIN SIX INCHES OF THE CENTERLINE OF THE ROADWAY. OTHER CROSSINGS HAVE BEEN CHECKED TO ENSURE THAT THE GATE ARMS EXTEND TO WITHIN SIX INCHES OF THE CENTERLINE.

From: NTSB
To: Long Island Railroad
Date: 5/5/1983
Response: