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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation I-76-005
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Synopsis: AT 4:20 P.M. ON APRIL 29, 1975, A SURTIGAS, S.A., TRACTOR-TANK-SEMITRAILER WESTBOUND ON U.S. ROUTE 277 NEAR EAGLE PASS, TEXAS, SWERVED TO AVOID AN AUTOMOBILE AHEAD WHICH WAS SLOWING FOR A TURN. THE TANK-SEMI TRAILER SEPARATED FROM THE TRACTOR, STRUCK A CONCRETE HEADWALL, AND RUPTURED; VAPORIZED LPG WAS RELEASED. THE ENSUING FIRE AND EXPLOSION DESTROYED A BUILDING AND 51 VEHICLES. THE 51 PERSONS WHO WERE IN THE AREA WERE BURNED AND 16 PERSONS, INCLUDING THE TRUCKDRIVER, WERE KILLED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: INITIATE A RESEARCH PROGRAM TO IDENTIFY NEW APPROACHES TO REDUCE THE INJURIES AND DAMAGES CAUSED BY THE DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR OF PRESSURIZED, LIQUEFIED FLAMMABLE GASES RELEASED FROM BREACHED TANKS ON BULK TRANSPORT VEHICLES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Intermodal
Location: Eagle Pass, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: Yes
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79877
Accident Reports: Surtigas, S.A., Tank-Semitrailer Overturn, Explosion, and Fire
Report #: HAR-76-04
Accident Date: 4/29/1975
Issue Date: 6/21/1976
Date Closed: 12/7/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 12/7/1978
Response:

From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 4/14/1977
Response: From the accident report of the Transport Company of Texas, Tractor-semitrailer (Tank) collision with bridge column and sudden dispersal of anhydrous ammonia cargo, 1-610 at Southwest Freeway in Houston, Texas on May 11, 1976. Adopted on 4/14/1977. This report reiterates H-72-45 and I-76-5.

From: RSPA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/21/1976
Response: 9/21/76 - LETTER FROM MTB ADVISING THAT RECOMMENDATION HAD MERIT AND THEREFORE DIRECTED THAT A CONTRACT PROPOSAL BE DEVELOPED TO INITIATE A STUDY TO REDUCE INJURY AND DAMAGE FROM RUPTURED CARGO TANKS OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES. DOT CONTRACT (DOT-RC-82039) AWARDED TO SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE ON 9/26/78 IS TITLED "NEW APPROACHES FOR CONTROLLING PRESSURIZED LIQUIFIED FLAMMABLE GAS RELEASES." THE CONTRACT COVERS A 22-24 MONTH PERIOD.