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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-87-060
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 4, 1987, A 70-PASSENGER DOUBLE-DECKED SIGHTSEEING BUS CARRYING A DRIVER AND 65 PASSENGERS EN ROUTE TO MOUNT VERNON, VIRGINIA, WAS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND IN THE RIGHT LANE OF THE MOUNT VERNON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY PORTION OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL PARKWAY APPROXIMATELY 3 1/2 MILES SOUTH OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. ABOUT 7:15 P.M. E.S.T., THE TOP OF THE BUS STRUCK THE ALEXANDRIA AVENUE ARCHED STONE OVERPASS. THE BUS WAS ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN TRAVELING BETWEEN 22 AND 42 MPH. AS A RESULT OF THE IMPACT, THE BUS ROOF WAS SHEARED OFF REARWARD, EXPOSING THE UPPER SEATING LEVEL. ONE PASSEN GER WAS KILLED AND 33 PASSENGERS WERE INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE SPIRIT OF '76 TOURS, INC.: REVISE ITS HIRING PRACTICES TO ENSURE THAT APPLICANT BUS DRIVERS ARE PROPERLY LICENSED AND CERTIFICATED TO OPERATE BUSES IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE JURISDICTION IN WHICH IT OPERATES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Alexandria, VA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA87MH004
Accident Reports: Impact with Arched Stone Overpass of 70-Passenger Double-decked Sightseeing Bus on the George Washington Memorial Parkway
Report #: HAR-87-04-SUM
Accident Date: 4/4/1987
Issue Date: 1/13/1988
Date Closed: 5/8/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Webb Tours, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Webb Tours, Inc.
Date: 5/8/1989
Response:

From: Webb Tours, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 1/30/1989
Response: PLEASE REST ASSURED THAT THE SPIRIT OF 76 TOURS IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT APPLICANT BUS DRIVERS ARE PROPERLY LICENSED AND CERTIFICATED TO OPERATE OUR BUSES IN CONFORMANCE WITH VARIOUS JURISDICTIONAL REQUIREMENTS. WE ALSO REQUIRE NEW APPLICANTS AS WELL AS EXISTING DRIVERS, TO SIGN A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACT OF 1986. PLEASE FIND FORM SAMPLE ENCLOSED.

From: NTSB
To: Webb Tours, Inc.
Date: 1/26/1989
Response: