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Safety Recommendation H-18-061
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Synopsis: On March 29, 2017, about 12:20 p.m., a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck, occupied by a 20-year-old driver, was traveling north on US Highway 83, near Concan, Texas, when it crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a medium-size bus. The crash occurred near milepost 553.4, near the end of a right-hand curve. The bus was a 2004 Ford E350 Turtle Top Van Terra medium-size bus occupied by a 66-year-old driver and 13 passengers and operated by the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas. As a result of the crash, the bus driver and 12 passengers were fatally injured. The driver of the truck and one bus passenger sustained serious injuries.
Recommendation: TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: Promote the importance of attending drug-impaired driving enforcement training and increase training access to meet the demands of local and state law enforcement.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Initial Response Received
Mode: Highway
Location: Concan, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: HWY17MH011
Accident Reports: Preliminary Report: Highway: HWY17MH011Pickup Truck Centerline Crossover Collision With Medium-Size Bus on US Highway 83, Concan, Texas, March 29, 2017
Report #: HAR-18-02
Accident Date: 3/29/2017
Issue Date: 11/20/2018
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Texas, Department of Transportation (Open - Initial Response Received)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: State of Texas, Department of Transportation
To: NTSB
Date: 9/10/2019
Response: -From James M. Bass, Executive Director: This letter is in response to the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. This year's Most Wanted List contained two recommendations for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), H-18-061 and H-05-020. TxDOT appreciates the opportunity to provide the NTSB with updates on these recommendations. NTSB recommended (H-18-061) to promote the importance of attending drug-impaired driving enforcement training and increase training access to meet the demands of local and state law enforcement. In Texas, statewide vehicle enforcement is led by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS). TxDOT has shared this recommendation with TxDPS and encourages the NTSB to reach out directly to TxDPS on this recommendation. NTSB recommended (H-05-020) that TxDOT install variable speed limit signs or implement alternate countermeasures at locations where wet weather can produce stopping distances that exceed the available sight distance. In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law House Bill 2204, which granted TxDOT the ability to establish a variable speed limit pilot program. This pilot program expired in February 2015. Under current Texas law, TxDOT is not able to install variable speed limit signs on Texas roadways. The Texas Legislature convenes every two years from January to May, in odd number years. The Texas Legislature will reconvene in January 2021. TxDOT will provide NTSB with updates to state law if changes occur in the upcoming legislative sessions. TxDOT looks forward to working with NTSB on our shared mission to deliver a safe transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods. If you or your staff have any questions, please contact Michael Chacon, Traffic Safety Division Director, at (512) 416-2300 or Michael.Chacon@txdot.gov.

From: NTSB
To: State of Texas, Department of Transportation
Date: 11/20/2018
Response: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in other modes of transportation—railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. We determine the probable cause of the accidents and issue safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. In addition, we carry out special studies concerning transportation safety and coordinate the resources of the federal government and other organizations to provide assistance to victims and their family members affected by major transportation disasters. On October 16, 2018, the NTSB adopted its report Pickup Truck Centerline Crossover Collision With Medium-Size Bus on US Highway 83, Concan, Texas, March 29, 2017, NTSB/HAR 18/02. The details of this investigation and the resulting safety recommendations may be found in the attached report, which can also be accessed at www.ntsb.gov. Among the safety recommendations is one new recommendation issued to the Texas Department of Transportation, which can be found on page 46 of the report. The NTSB is vitally interested in this recommendation because it is designed to prevent accidents and save lives. We would appreciate a response within 90 days, detailing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement it. When replying, please refer to the safety recommendation by number. We encourage you to submit your response to correspondence@ntsb.gov. If it exceeds 10 megabytes, including attachments, please e-mail us at the same address for instructions. Please do not submit both an electronic copy and a hard copy of the same response.