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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-83-066
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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: CONSIDER ENACTING APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT THE FALSIFICATION AND/OR OMISSION OF MEDICAL INFORMATION PURSUANT TO OBTAINING A CLASS 1 AND 2 MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE IF CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY WILL NOT PERMIT THE PRESENT MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS TO BE EXPANDED.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
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: 9/10/1985
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
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: SECTION 20 OF THE CALIFORNIA VEHICLE CODE DOES ALLOW US TO INITIATE PROSECUTION OF A DRIVER MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS ON THE APPLICATION FORM. THE STATEMENT REGARDING PHYSICAL QUALIFICATION FOR DRIVING IS REQUIRED TO BE ANSWERED AT THE TIME OF EACH LICENSE RENEWAL, AT FOUR-YEAR INTERVALS.