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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-89-005
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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 bus driver 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: TO THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION: Revise Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 217 to require that school bus egress be based on vehicle occupant capacity and be no lower than those currently required for nonschool buses.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Carrollton, KY, United States
Is Reiterated: Yes
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: 6/5/1989
Date Closed: 2/19/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: NHTSA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: NHTSA
Date: 2/19/1993
Response:

From: NHTSA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/25/1992
Response:

From: NTSB
To: NHTSA
Date: 10/22/1991
Response:

From: NHTSA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/11/1991
Response: A NPRM TO CHANGE THE EMERGENCY EXIT REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 217 WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER ON 3/15/91. THE PROPOSAL INCLUDES A NUMBER OF OPTIONS TO IMPROVE THE EVACUATION POTENTIAL IN SCHOOL BUSES, ALL OF WHICH ARE BASED ON THE SEATING CAPACITY OF THE BUS.

From: NTSB
To: NHTSA
Date: 7/17/1990
Response: From the accident report of the collision between Mission Consolidated Independent School District school bus and Valley Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc. tractor-semitrailer at the intersection of Bryan Road and Texas Farm-to-Market Road 676 in Alton, Texas on September 21, 1989. The Board adopted this report on 7/17/1990. Also, the Safety Board reiterated Safety Recommendation H-89-5 to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

From: NTSB
To: NHTSA
Date: 10/18/1989
Response:

From: NHTSA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/16/1989
Response: ENCOLSED ARE COPIES OF ADVANCE NOTICES OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING THAT WERE ISSUED PRIOR TO BOARD'S FINDINGS THESE ANPRMS SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS THE ISSUES CONCERNING THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS COVERED BY THE RECOMMENDATIONS. ADDITIONALLY, FOR RECOMMENDATION H-89-4, THE INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT WITH THE NATIONAL INSITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN DECEMBER 1989. THE RESULTS OF THEIR WORK SHOULD PROVIDE THE AGENCY WITH THE NECESSARY INFORMATION TO EVALUATE CURRENT AND POSSIBLE NEW TEST PROCEDURES AND TEST CRITERIA FOR THE FLAMMABILITY OF INTERIOR MATERIALS ON BUSES. WE BELIEVE THAT THE ANPRMS AND INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT WITH NIST ARE IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARD UPDATING SCHOOL BUS SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRUST THAT THE BOARD WILL FIND OUR ACTIONS RESPONSIVE TO ITS RECOMMENDATIONS.

From: NTSB
To: NHTSA
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations H-89-01, H-89-04 through H-89-06, and H-90-74 on the state MWL under the issue category “School Bus Safety.” This category was removed from the MWL in 1998.