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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-89-027
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Synopsis: ABOUT 6:45 A.M., CENTRAL STANDARD TIME, ON NOVEMBER 19, 1988, A GREYHOUND BUS WITH 45 OCCUPANTS, TRAVELING SOUTH BOUND THROUGH A CONSTRUCTION ZONE ON INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 65 IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, SUDDENLY WENT OUT OF CONTROL DURING A STEERING MANEUVER, ROTATED 190 DEGREES CLOCKWISE IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES, OVERTURNED ON ITS LEFT SIDE, AND CAME TO REST FACING NORTHBOUND ON THE SOUTHBOUND EMBANKMENT. THE UNRESTRAINED BUS DRIVER AND 38 PASSENGERS WERE INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT. TWELVE PASSENGERS SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES, AND THE BUS DRIVER AND 26 PASSENGERS RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. SIX PASSENGERS WERE NOT INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT GREYHOUND LINES, INC.: DEVELOP A STRUCTURED RECURRENT TRAINING PROGRAM, ENCOMPASSING CLASS ROOM INSTRUCTION AS WELL AS SIMULATOR AND/OR BEHIND-THE WHEEL INSTRUCTION, DESIGNED TO HELP MAINTAIN THE PERFORMANCE OF COMPANY BUS DRIVERS AT HIGH STANDARDS, AND REQUIRE ALL BUS DRIVERS TO PARTICIPATE ON A REGULAR BASIS; INCLUDE IN THIS PROGRAM INSTRUCTION ON SAFE BUS OPERATIONS IN ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Nashville, TN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA89MH002
Accident Reports: Greyhound Lines, Inc., Intercity Bus Loss of Control and Overturn Interstate Highway 65
Report #: HAR-89-03
Accident Date: 11/19/1988
Issue Date: 9/28/1989
Date Closed: 9/26/1990
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Greyhound Lines, Inc. (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Training and Education, Simulator, Weather, Motorcoach

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Greyhound Lines, Inc.
Date: 9/26/1990
Response: Safety Recommendations H-89-26 and -27 requested Greyhound to review and modify company policies and procedures to identify busdrivers with unsafe performance records and to develop a structured recurrent training program designed to help maintain high standards of performance for company busdrivers. The Safety Board has reviewed all the information pertaining to your Professional Drivers Development Program (PDDP). We commend Greyhound for its development of the PDDP that emphasizes maintaining a safe following distance, preparing a safe passage through intersections, making safe turns, and avoiding merging accidents. Based on this information, Safety Recommendations H-89-26 and -27 have been classified as "Closed--Acceptable Action."

From: Greyhound Lines, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 6/28/1990
Response: WE BELIEVE THAT RECOMMENDATIONS H-89-26 AND H-89-27 ARE ADDRESSED BY OUR PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ("PDDP") (COPY ATTACHED), WHICH IS A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC RETRAINING FOR DRIVERS WHO HAVE UNSAFE PERFORMANCE RECORDS. WE CONSIDER THIS PROGRAM PROPRIETARY, AND THEREFORE REQUEST THAT YOU NOT REPRODUCE COPIES OF THIS PROGRAM OR ALLOW OTHERS TO HAVE ACCESS TO IT.

From: NTSB
To: Greyhound Lines, Inc.
Date: 2/28/1990
Response: