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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-83-065
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Synopsis: ON FEBRUARY 24, 1983, AN EMPTY DUMP TRUCK, TRAVELING NORTH ON STATE ROUTE 96, A TWO-LANE RURAL HIGHWAY NEAR WILLOW CREEK, CALIFORNIA, SUDDENLY VEERED LEFT ACROSS THE CENTERLINE AND COLLIDED HEAD-ON WITH A SOUTHBOUND SCHOOLBUS LOADED WITH 37 OCCUPANTS. THE TRUCKDRIVER AND ONE SCHOOLBUS PASSENGER SEATED DIRECTLY BEHIND THE SCHOOLBUS DRIVER WERE KILLED; THE SCHOOLBUS DRIVER AND 30 PASSENGERS WERE INJURED. AVAILABLE MEDICAL RECORDS INDICATE THAT THE TRUCKDRIVER HAD SEVERAL MEDICAL PROBLEMS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES: EXPAND ITS MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR A CLASS 1 AND 2 MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE TO INCLUDE A PROVISION WHICH REQUIRES AN APPLICANT TO SUBMIT COMPLETE AND EXPLICIT MEDICAL INFORMATION, INCLUDING ONE'S MEDICAL HISTORY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Highway
Location: Mianus River, Greenwich, CT, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA83AH003
Accident Reports: Collapse of a Suspended Span of Inter- state Route 95 Highway Bridge over the Mianus River
Report #: HAR-83-05
Accident Date: 6/28/1983
Issue Date: 12/14/1983
Date Closed: 6/23/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles
Date: 6/23/1993
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION IS COVERED BY 49 CFR 383 SUBPART E-PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXAMINATIONS PART 391.43, MEDICAL EXAMINATION, CERTIFICATE OF PHYSICAL EXAMINATION.

From: NTSB
To: State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles
Date: 9/10/1985
Response:

From: State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles
To: NTSB
Date: 1/3/1984
Response: CALIFORNIA, DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES LETTER: THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT YOU DESCRIBE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS BING LEE SKILES. MR. SKILES APPLIED FOR A CLASS 1 DRIVER'S LICENSE ON MARCH 5, 1981. AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION, HE SUBMITTED A MEDICAL EXAMINATION REPORT IN WHICH THE PHYSICIAN CERTIFIED HIM QUALIFIED TO OPERATE CLASS 1 VEHICLES IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL STANDARDS. MR. SKILES ALSO ANSWERED "NONE" UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY TO A QUESTION ON HIS APPLICATION REGARDING WHETHER HE HAD WITHIN THE LAST THREE YEARS EXPERIENCED A LAPSE OF CONSCIOUSNESS OR HAD ANY EXERCISE DISORDER, OR DISABILITY WHICH AFFECTS HIS ABILITY TO EXERCISE REASONABLE AND ORDINARY CONTROL IN OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE. SINCE MR. SKILES FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY MEDICAL PROBLEM(S) TO HIS EXAMINING PHYSICIAN OR TO THIS DEPARTMENT, WE HAD NO REASON TO QUESTION HIS QUALIFICATIONS....WE HAVE NOT HAD THE NEED FOR FURTHER CERTIFICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES OF A CLASS 1 OR 2 DRIVER'S HEALTH HISTORY, SUCH AS THAT FOUND ON A MEDICAL EXAMINATION FORM. IN FACT, PRIOR TO 1976, THIS DEPARTMENT DID REQUIRE A MEDICAL REPORT AT EVERY RENEWAL OF A CLASS 1 OR 2 LICENSE. HOWEVER, AT THAT TIME, A STUDY WAS MADE WHICH DETERMINED THAT THERE WERE SO FEW UNACCEPTABLE REPORTS, IT WAS NOT COST EFFECTIVE TO CONTINUE THIS REQUIREMENT. CALIFORNIA STATUTE REQUIRES CLASS 1 AND 2 DRIVERS TO SUBMIT TO A MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS EVERY TWO YEARS AND AND TO CARRY A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE WHEN OPERATING SUCH VEHICLES.