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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-15-022
Synopsis: About 12:55 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, a 2011 Peterbilt truck-tractor in combination with a 2003 Great Dane semitrailer operated by the motor carrier Walmart Transportation LLC (Walmart Transportation truck) was traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike (part of Interstate 95) near Cranbury, New Jersey, in the center lane of the three-lane roadway. Near milepost 71.4, the Walmart Transportation truck encountered traffic that had slowed to less than 10 mph along a construction corridor, due to closure of the center and right-hand lanes. The truck was traveling 65 mph in a nighttime work zone that had a posted speed limit of 45 mph. The Walmart Transportation truck struck the left rear of a slowly moving 2012 Mercedes-Benz limo van (limo van) that was in the center lane. The impact from the Walmart Transportation truck accelerated the limo van forward and caused it to turn to the right. The limo van collided with a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling in the right lane. Contact from the Freightliner and Walmart Transportation trucks forced the limo van to roll over one quarter turn onto its left (driver) side. During its roll, the limo van struck the rear of a 2011 Buick Enclave, which then struck the rear of a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The limo van came to rest overturned onto its left (driver) side across the center lane. After striking the limo van, the Walmart Transportation truck continued into the left lane and struck a 2005 Nissan Altima in the rear before colliding with a guardrail and stopping on the shoulder against a concrete barrier. Twenty-one people in six vehicles were involved in the crash. As a result of the crash, one limo van passenger, who had been riding in the vehicle’s passenger compartment, died on scene, and the other four passengers in this compartment were seriously injured. Five additional people had minor injuries.
Recommendation: TO WAL-MART STORES, INC. (ORIGINALLY ISSUED TO WALMART TRANSPORTATION LLC): Develop and implement a fatigue management program based on the North American Fatigue Management Program guidelines.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Highway
Location: Cranbury, NJ, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: HWY14MH012
Accident Reports: ​Preliminary Report: Highway Accident Investigation, Cranbury, NJMultivehicle Work Zone Crash on Interstate 95
Report #: HAR-15-02
Accident Date: 6/7/2014
Issue Date: 9/8/2015
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Open - Acceptable Response)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Date: 11/2/2016
Response: We note that you are implementing your fatigue management program and developing a fatigue risk management system. We appreciate receiving the update on your multiphase plan. Pending completion of employee training and implementation of the risk management system, Safety Recommendation H-15-022 remains classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Date: 6/30/2016
Response: -From Thomas E. Evans, Vice President and General Counsel, Merchandising, Marketing, and Supply Chain: In accordance with the recommendation of the NTSB, Walmart Transportation, LLC has developed and began implementation of a customized fatigue management plan that is based upon the North American Fatigue Management Plan. Specifically, Walmart has developed a comprehensive training program to educate and enhance awareness on fatigue and its impact on all aspects of motor carrier operations. We are in the process of completing our "train-the-trainer" courses. This training program will be attended by all drivers, transportation office personnel and associate that work in our Regional Operating Centers and is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2016. We are also in the process of developing our Fatigue Risk Management system to reflect on the continuously changing aspects of our business to identify and mitigate factors that may result in driver fatigue. These programs are being developed to supplement our already existing sleep apnea screening and treatment program.

From: NTSB
To: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Date: 1/11/2016
Response: We note that, after studying the NAFMP guidelines, you are hiring fatigue management experts to aid you in designing the recommended program. We look forward to receiving updates as you implement your multi-phase plan. Pending completion of such action, Safety Recommendation H-15-22 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Date: 11/6/2015
Response: -From Thomas E. Evans, Vice President and General Counsel, Merchandising, Marketing, and Supply Chain: Since the issuance of the NTSB Final Report,1 Walmart Transportation, LLC has worked diligently to understand the requirements of the North American Fatigue Management Plan, including the attendant benefits and impacts on its operations. Walmart is in the process of engaging consultants with expertise in the development and implementation of fatigue management plans and expects to design and implement the first phase (driver training) during the first quarter of 2016 and expect the balance of the program (training of executives & managers) to be complete and implemented on or before the fourth quarter of 2016.