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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-87-062
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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 AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION AND THE UNITED BUS OWNERS' OF AMERICA: RECOMMEND THAT MEMBERS APPLY A PLACARD OR DECAL INDICATING VEHICLE HEIGHT TO THE INTERIOR OF DOUBLE-DECKED BUSES FOR THE DRIVER'S QUICK REFERENCE.
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: 3/29/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Bus Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
United Bus Owners of America (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Bus Association
Date: 3/29/1990
Response:

From: American Bus Association
To: NTSB
Date: 11/4/1989
Response:

From: American Bus Association
To: NTSB
Date: 8/4/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: American Bus Association
Date: 7/12/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: American Bus Association
Date: 1/18/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: United Bus Owners of America
Date: 3/29/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: United Bus Owners of America
Date: 4/1/1988
Response:

From: United Bus Owners of America
To: NTSB
Date: 1/27/1988
Response: I HAVE ENCLOSED A COPY OF OUR DOCKET WHICH IS SENT TO OUR 1600 MEMBERS ALERTING THEM TO THE NTSB FINDINGS AS YOU REQUESTED.