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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation I-76-006
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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: ESTABLISH A REGULATION TO REQUIRE THE SAFETY REGISTRATION STATEMENTS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 106(B) OF THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION ACT OF PERSONS TRANSPORTING BULK SHIPMENTS OF PRESSURIZED, LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES IN A FORM AND QUANTITY CAPABLE OF CAUSING WIDESPREAD INJURY AND PROPERTY DAMAGE IN TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENTS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Intermodal
Location: Eagle Pass, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
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: 11/23/1977
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: RSPA (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazmat

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: RSPA
Date: 4/21/1977
Response: