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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-84-058
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Synopsis: ON JUNE 28, 1983, A 100-FOOT-LONG SUSPENDED SPAN BETWEEN PIERS 20 AND 21 OF THE EASTBOUND TRAFFIC LANES OF THE INTERSTATE ROUTE 95 HIGHWAY BRIDGE OVER THE MIANUS RIVER IN GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT, COLLAPSED AND FELL 70 FEET INTO THE RIVER BELOW. TWO TRACTOR-SEMITRAILERS AND TWO AUTOMOBILES PLUNGED INTO THE VOID IN THE BRIDGE AND WERE DESTROYED BY IMPACT FROM THE FALL. THREE VEHICLE OCCUPANTS DIED, AND THE OTHER THREE RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD DETERMINED THAT THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THE COLLAPSE OF THE MIANUS RIVER BRIDGE SPAN WAS THE UNDETECTED LATERAL DISPLACEMENT OF THE HANGERS OF THE PIN AND HANGER SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE SPAN BY CORROSION-INDUCED FORCES DUE TO DEFICIENCIES IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT'S BRIDGE SAFETY INSPECTION AND BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL LAWS AND ORDINANCES: MODIFY SECTION 12-220 OF THE UNIFORM VEHICLE CODE TO REQUIRE THE USE OF HAZARD WARNING SIGNALS WHENEVER A MOTOR VEHICLE BECOMES A HAZARD TO MOTORISTS ON A HIGHWAY.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable 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-84-03
Accident Date: 6/28/1983
Issue Date: 7/19/1984
Date Closed: 7/12/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Hazard Lights

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances
Date: 7/12/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances
Date: 1/17/1989
Response: