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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-68-006
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Synopsis: THE U.S. 35 HIGHWAY BRIDGE CONNECTING POINT PLEASANT, WEST VIR AND KANAUGA, OHIO, COLLAPSED AT APPROXIMATELY 5:00 P.M. E.S.T., DECEMBER 15, 1967. FORTY-SIX PERSONS DIED IN THE ACCIDENT AND NINE WERE INJURED. TWO OF THE 46 PERSONS ARE STILL MISSING. THERE WERE 37 VEHICLES ON THE BRIDGE AT THE TIME OF THE COLLAPSE. THIRTY-ONE OF THEM FELL WITH THE BRIDGE, AND OF THESE, 24 FELL INTO THE WATER AND WERE LATER RECOVERED. THE OTHER SEVEN VEHICLES FELL WITH THE BRIDGE ON THE OHIO SHORE. THERE WERE NO PEDESTRIANS ON THE BRIDGE AT THE TIME OF THE COLLAPSE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: FORWARD COPIES OF THIS REPORT TO THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE INQUIRING INTO THE SAFETY OF HIGHWAY AND RAILROAD BRIDGES IN THE UNITED STATES. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE FACTS DEVELOPED DURING THIS INVESTIGATION WITH RESPECT TO THE CONDUCT OF BRIDGE INSPECTIONS AND MAINTENANCE IN THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA WILL BE OF ASSISTANCE TO THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE IN MAKING AN ASSESSMENT OF BRIDGE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PRACTICES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Point Pleasant, WV, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 80267
Accident Reports: Collapse of U.S. 35 Highway Bridge
Report #: HAR-71-1
Accident Date: 12/15/1967
Issue Date: 10/4/1968
Date Closed: 6/27/1975
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: DOT (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: DOT
To: NTSB
Date: 3/17/1968
Response: FHWA LETTER REPORTED THAT COPIES OF THE REPORT WERE FORWARDED RECOMMENDED. 8-23-74 FHWA LETTER UPDATES STATUS OF RESPONSE AS OF JULY 1974. RECOMMENDATION FULLY COMPLIED WITH BY DOT IN 1968.