Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-86-070
Details
Synopsis: ABOUT 7:51 P.M. ON JUNE 21, 1985, A PRIVATELY-OWNED, 70,000 POUND TRACTOR-SEMITRAILER OPERATING IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE UNDER A TRIP-LEASE AGREEMENT WITH C. MAXWELL TRUCKING COMPANY, INC., LOST CONTROL WHILE DESCENDING A STEEP 3,439 FOOT GRADE ON SOUTHBOUND STATE ROUTE 59 IN DOWNTOWN VAN BUREN, ARKANSAS. THE TRUCK COLLIDED WITH THE REAR OF AND OVERRODE A STATION WAGON WHICH WAS STOPPED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL. THE TRUCK AND THE STATION WAGON CONTINUED 84 FEET FORWARD, ACROSS AN INTERSECTION, UP A CURB, AND THROUGH A GUARDRAIL. THEY THEN TRAVELED ANOTHER 22 FEET AND STRUCK TWO COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. A FIRE ENSUED AND ENGULFED BOTH VEHICLES AND THREE BUILDINGS. BOTH OCCUPANTS IN THE TRUCK AND THE SEVEN OCCUPANTS IN THE STATION WAGON WERE FATALLY INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE ARKANSAS STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT: PROVIDE SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IN WORK PERMIT SPECIFICATIONS THAT REQUIRE CONTRACTORS TO MAINTAIN HIGHWAY REGULATORY SIGNING ALONG ROADSIDES WHILE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES ARE GOING ON.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Van Buren, AR, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA85MH009
Accident Reports: Tractor-Semitrailer/Station Wagon Runway, Collision, and Fire
Report #: HAR-86-03
Accident Date: 6/21/1985
Issue Date: 9/16/1986
Date Closed: 1/12/1995
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Arkansas, Highway and Transportation Department (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Arkansas, Highway and Transportation Department
Date: 1/12/1995
Response: The National Transportation Safety Board has received your letter of October 13, 1994, responding to Safety Recommendation H-86-70. This recommendation was issued on September 16, 1986, as a result of the Safety Board’s investigation of the tractor-semitrailer accident in Van Buren, Arkansas, on June 21, 1985. This recommendation asked that the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department provide specific language in work permit specifications that requires contractors to maintain highway regulatory signing along roadsides while construction activities are going on. The Safety Board notes that the Arkansas Standard Specifications for Highway Construction 1993 edition and the Arkansas Utility Accommodation Policy Minute Order 89-455, September 20, 1989, both stipulate in work permit specifications that contractors are required to maintain highway regulatory signing along roadsides while construction activities are in progress. Based on this information, Safety Recommendation H-86-70 has been classified “Closed--.Acceptable Action. ”

From: State of Arkansas, Highway and Transportation Department
To: NTSB
Date: 10/13/1994
Response: Reference is made to National Transportation Safety Board Report No. H-86-70. The report recommended that our Department provide specific language in work permit specifications that require contractors to maintain highway regulatory signing along roadsides while construction activities are going on, This requirement has been included in our Standard Specifications for Highway Construction, 1993 Edition and our Utility Accommodation Policy. The appropriate one of these documents is made a part of any permit or contract to perform work on the roadway. A copy of the specific clause from each publication is attached for your information.