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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-89-003
Details
Synopsis: ABOUT 10:55 P.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME ON MAY 14, 1988, A PICKUP TRUCK TRAVELING NORTHBOUND IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF INTERSTATE 71 STRUCK HEAD-ON A CHURCH ACTIVITY BUS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND IN THE LEFT LANE OF THE HIGHWAY NEAR CARROLLTON, KENTUCKY. AS THE PICKUP TRUCK ROTATED DURING IMPACT, IT STRUCK A PASSENGER CAR TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND IN THE RIGHT LANE NEAR THE CHURCH BUS. THE CHURCH BUS FUEL TANK WAS PUNCTURED DURING THE COLLISION SEQUENCE, AND A FIRE ENSUED, ENGULFING THE ENTIRE BUS. THE BUSDRIVER AND 26 BUS PASSENGERS WERE FATALLY INJURED. THIRTY-FOUR BUS PASSENGERS SUSTAINED MINOR TO CRITICAL INJURIES, AND SIX BUS PASSENGERS WERE NOT INJURED. THE PICKUP TRUCK DRIVER SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES, BUT NEITHER OCCUPANT OF THE PASSENGER CAR WAS INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE VARIOUS CHURCH ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER SPECIAL ACTIVITY GROUPS: PURCHASE ONLY SCHOOL BUS TYPE VEHICLES WHICH MEET THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS SET FOR SCHOOL BUSES IN APRIL 1977.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed--No Longer Applicable
Mode: Highway
Location: Carrollton, KY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MH004
Accident Reports: Pickup Truck/Church Activity Bus Head-on Collision and Fire
Report #: HAR-89-01
Accident Date: 5/14/1988
Issue Date: 5/25/1989
Date Closed: 7/27/1999
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Baptist Churches USA (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
American Ethical Union (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
American Friends Service Committee (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
American Jewish Committee (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Associated Church Press (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Association of Catholic TV and Radio Syndicators (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Association of Regional Religious Communications (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Baptist World Alliance (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
B'nai B'rith International (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Boy Scouts of America (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Bread for the World (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Camp Fire Girls and Boys (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Catholic Information Center (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Center for Theology and Public Policy (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Christian Century (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Christian Life (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Christian Science Committee on Publication (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Christic Institute (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Church of the Brethren (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Clergy and Laity Concerned (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
David C. Cook Publishing Company (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Episcopal Church (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Eternity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Eternity of Wheaton, Illinois (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Evangelical Newsletter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Friends Committee on National Legislation (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Girl Scouts of the USA (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Group Publishing (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
IMPACT of Washington, DC (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
International Media Service (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Leadership (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Lutheran Council of America (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Lutheran Resources Commission (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Mennonite Central Committee (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Moody Monthly (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Assembly of Women Religious (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Association of Evangelicals (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Conference of Catholic Charities (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Conference of Catholic Women (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Conference of Christians and Jews (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Conference of Soviet Jewry (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Council of Churches (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Council of Jewish Women (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Office of Black Catholics (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Office of Jesuit Social Ministries (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
National Religious Broadcasters (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
NETWORK (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Presbyterian Journal (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Presbyterian Outlook (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Presbyterian Survey (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Southern Baptist Press Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Union of Hebrew Congregation (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Unitarian Universalist Association (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
United Church of Christ (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
United Methodist Church (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
United States Catholic Conference (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
Youth Specialties, Inc. (Closed--No Longer Applicable)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Baptist Churches USA
Date: 4/12/1990
Response:

From: American Baptist Churches USA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/4/1990
Response: I HAVE ASKED OUR PUBLICATIONS PEOPLE TO INCLUDE THE INFORMATION IN UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS. HOW DO LOCAL CHURCHES GET COPIES OF THE FMVSS OF APRIL 1977?

From: NTSB
To: American Baptist Churches USA
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: American Baptist Churches USA
Date: 11/15/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Presbyterian Outlook
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Presbyterian Outlook
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: American Friends Service Committee
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: American Friends Service Committee
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: American Ethical Union
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE"

From: NTSB
To: American Ethical Union
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Associated Church Press
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Associated Church Press
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Conference of Catholic Women
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: National Conference of Catholic Women
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Lutheran Resources Commission
Date: 11/22/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Date: 11/15/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Church of the Brethren
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Church of the Brethren
Date: 11/13/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Mennonite Central Committee
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Mennonite Central Committee
Date: 11/15/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Evangelical Newsletter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Evangelical Newsletter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Southern Baptist Press Association
Date: 12/22/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Southern Baptist Press Association
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: American Jewish Committee
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: American Jewish Committee
Date: 12/18/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Episcopal Church
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Episcopal Church
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: NETWORK
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: NETWORK
Date: 11/15/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Clergy and Laity Concerned
Date: 11/20/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: IMPACT of Washington, DC
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: IMPACT of Washington, DC
Date: 11/13/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Conference of Soviet Jewry
Date: 12/18/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Unitarian Universalist Association
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Unitarian Universalist Association
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Girl Scouts of the USA
Date: 4/2/1990
Response:

From: Girl Scouts of the USA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/5/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Girl Scouts of the USA
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Assembly of Women Religious
Date: 11/30/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Assembly of Women Religious
Date: 11/15/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Lutheran Council of America
Date: 12/4/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Lutheran Council of America
Date: 11/15/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Office of Black Catholics
Date: 12/18/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Bread for the World
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Bread for the World
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: United States Catholic Conference
Date: 1/22/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Council of Jewish Women
Date: 12/18/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Eternity of Wheaton, Illinois
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Eternity of Wheaton, Illinois
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Conference of Christians and Jews
Date: 12/15/1989
Response:

From: National Conference of Christians and Jews
To: NTSB
Date: 12/13/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Conference of Christians and Jews
Date: 12/5/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Christian Century
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Christian Century
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Catholic Information Center
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Catholic Information Center
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Christian Life
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Friends Committee on National Legislation
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Friends Committee on National Legislation
Date: 11/13/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Office of Jesuit Social Ministries
Date: 11/22/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: David C. Cook Publishing Company
Date: 1/16/1990
Response:

From: David C. Cook Publishing Company
To: NTSB
Date: 1/5/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: David C. Cook Publishing Company
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Leadership
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Leadership
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Boy Scouts of America
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Boy Scouts of America
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Presbyterian Survey
Date: 3/19/1990
Response:

From: Presbyterian Survey
To: NTSB
Date: 1/31/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Presbyterian Survey
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Council of Churches
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: National Council of Churches
Date: 12/5/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Religious Broadcasters
Date: 1/23/1990
Response:

From: National Religious Broadcasters
To: NTSB
Date: 1/11/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Religious Broadcasters
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Conference of Catholic Charities
Date: 12/18/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Association of Regional Religious Communications
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Association of Regional Religious Communications
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists
Date: 11/13/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Youth Specialties, Inc.
Date: 3/29/1990
Response:

From: Youth Specialties, Inc.
To: NTSB
Date: 1/22/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Youth Specialties, Inc.
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Christic Institute
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Christic Institute
Date: 11/13/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Association of Catholic TV and Radio Syndicators
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Association of Catholic TV and Radio Syndicators
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Camp Fire Girls and Boys
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Camp Fire Girls and Boys
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Moody Monthly
Date: 6/12/1990
Response:

From: Moody Monthly
To: NTSB
Date: 4/10/1990
Response: MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE SENT A COPY OF THE ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN ITS MARCH 1990 NEWLETTER ON CHURCH BUS SAFETY. THIS ARTICLE RELATES INDIRECTLY TO THE NTSB RECOMMENDATION H-89-3.

From: NTSB
To: Moody Monthly
Date: 3/29/1990
Response:

From: Moody Monthly
To: NTSB
Date: 1/16/1990
Response: IN RESPONSE TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 21, WE THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED TO KNOW THAT WE ARE PLANNING TO PUBLISH A BRIEF NEWS FEATURE IN OUR MARCH ISSUE ON CHURCH BUS SAFETY.

From: NTSB
To: Moody Monthly
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: International Media Service
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: International Media Service
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: United Methodist Church
Date: 4/2/1990
Response:

From: United Methodist Church
To: NTSB
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: United Methodist Church
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: United Church of Christ
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: United Church of Christ
Date: 12/5/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Baptist World Alliance
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Baptist World Alliance
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Eternity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Eternity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Group Publishing
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Group Publishing
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Presbyterian Journal
Date: 1/4/1990
Response:

From: Presbyterian Journal
To: NTSB
Date: 12/27/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Union of Hebrew Congregation
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Union of Hebrew Congregation
Date: 11/15/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Christian Science Committee on Publication
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Date: 1/22/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: B'nai B'rith International
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: B'nai B'rith International
Date: 12/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs
Date: 12/8/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: National Association of Evangelicals
Date: 4/2/1990
Response:

From: National Association of Evangelicals
To: NTSB
Date: 11/21/1989
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Center for Theology and Public Policy
Date: 7/27/1999
Response: THIS RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--NO LONGER APPLICABLE."

From: NTSB
To: Center for Theology and Public Policy
Date: 12/21/1989
Response: