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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-82-056
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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 ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS: IN COORDINATION WITH THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION, STUDY THE PROBLEM PRESENTED BY THE LACK OF A STANDARD DISTANCE GAP BETWEEN THE END OF CROSSING GATES AND THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD OR MEDIAN, AND ESTABLISH AND INCORPORATE SUCH A STANDARD DISTANCE INTO THE ASSOCIATION'S RECOMMENDED PRACTICES.
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: 5/3/1983
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Association of American Railroads (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Association of American Railroads
Date: 5/3/1983
Response:

From: Association of American Railroads
To: NTSB
Date: 12/21/1982
Response: ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS LETTER: SINCE YOUR RECOMMENDATION IS ONE INVOLVING A HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ENGINEERING PROBLEM, WE WILL BE HAPPY TO COOPERATE WITH THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION IN THEIR CONSIDERATION OF THIS MATTER. IN ADDITION THE SUBJECT OF GATE ARM LENGTH IS UNDER STUDY BY THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES AND AS A MEMBER OF THIS COMMITTEE WE WILL PROVIDE OUR COMMENTS.