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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-83-001
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Synopsis: ON JULY 9, 1982, A 4-DOOR CADILLAC SEDAN, CARRYING NINE OCCUPANTS, WAS TRAVELING WESTBOUND ON WOODLAND DRIVE IN LAKE VIEW, ARKANSAS, APPROACHING A RAILROAD/HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSING. THE PASSENGER CAR WAS DRIVEN ONTO THE CROSSING AND WAS STRUCK BROADSIDE BY THE LEAD LOCOMOTIVE OF A MISSOURI PACIFIC (MP) FREIGHT TRAIN TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND. EIGHT OF THE OCCUPANTS IN THE CADILLAC WERE KILLED AND ONE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. NONE OF THE TRAIN CREWMEMBERS OR COMPANY OFFICIALS ABOARD THE TRAIN WERE INJURED AS A RESULT OF THE ACCIDENT. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT A PUBLIC CROSSING KNOWN AS C.S. WOODLAND DRIVE, LOCATED 292 FEET SOUTH OF MP 342 ON THE MISSOURI PACIFIC LOUISIANA DIVISION LINE BETWEEN PARAGOULD AND MCGEHEE, ARKANSAS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE STATE OF ARKANSAS: DEVELOP A COORDINATED PROGRAM WITH THE RAILROAD COMPANIES THAT OPERATE WITHIN THE STATE, TO EXTEND THE OPERATION LIFESAVER PROGRAM TO THE RURAL COMMUNITIES WHERE THE MAJORITY OF TRACKAGE AND UNPROTECTED GRADE CROSSINGS ARE LOCATED BY WORKING DIRECTLY WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS, FARM BUREAUS, AND FARMING COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATIONS TO PROMOTE GRADE CROSSING SAFETY WITHIN RURAL COMMUNITIES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Lake View, AR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA82AH006
Accident Reports: ‚ÄčAutomobile/Missouri Pacific Railroad Freight Train Collision, Woodland Drive
Report #: RHR-83-01
Accident Date: 7/9/1982
Issue Date: 1/20/1983
Date Closed: 7/27/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Arkansas (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Arkansas
Date: 7/27/1989
Response:

From: State of Arkansas
To: NTSB
Date: 5/26/1989
Response: THE OPERATION LIFESAVER COMMITTEE HAS CONDUCTED A LARGE CAMPAIGN IN RURAL ARKANSAS. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT GRADE CROSSING SAFETY PROGRAMS ARE GIVEN TO 250,000 PEOPLE EACH YEAR. AMONG THE GROUPS THAT ARE TARGETED EACH YEAR ARE SCHOOL DISTRICTS, SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. MEDIA BLITZES HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED IN MANY AREAS OF THE STATE WHERE RAILROAD PERSONNEL AND ACCIDENT STATISTICS INDICATE A GRADE CROSSING ACCIDENT OR NEAR MISS PROBLEM.

From: NTSB
To: State of Arkansas
Date: 5/19/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: State of Arkansas
Date: 11/8/1988
Response: