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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-89-007
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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 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 FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION: CONDUCT A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF INSTALLING ADDITIONAL SIGNS AND MARKINGS AT ALL CROSSOVERS AND PERIODIC INTERVALS TO REDUCE WRONG-WAY ACCIDENTS ON INTERSTATES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Reconsidered
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: 6/5/1989
Date Closed: 1/4/1989
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FHWA (Closed - Reconsidered)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FHWA
Date: 1/4/1990
Response: We have reviewed the August 21, 1989, response signed by Mr. Gene McCormick to the National Transportation Safety Board's Safety Recommendation H-89-7. This recommendation requests the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct a demonstration pro,ject to determine the effectiveness of installing additional signs and markings at all crossovers and periodic intervals to reduce wrong-way accidents on interstate highways. The Safety Board has reviewed Sections 2E-40 and 3B-20 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) which has been revised to improve the design and placement of wrong-way pavement marking arrows and to better detail the role of arrows in lane use control. Additionally, the Safety Board is aware that raised retroreflective pavement markers are continually being used and improved to deter wrong-way drivers. We note these changes in the MUTCD were part of an overall effort to reduce wrong-way driving at entrances and exits near interchanges. Based on these actions taken prior to the issuance of Safety Recommendation H-89-7, the Safety Board has classified ,this safety recommendation as "Closed--Reconsidered."

From: FHWA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/21/1989
Response: THE FHWA FEELS THAT A NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION PROJECT WOULD BE VERY COSTLY AND WOULD NOT PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT STATISTICAL DATA ON WHICH TO DRAW CONCLUSIONS. WE CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE THE STATES TO IMPROVE SIGNING AND MARKING IN THOSE LOCATIONS WERE WRONG-WAY PROBLEMS ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR. ON MARCH 8, 1987, THE FHWA ADOPTED RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES CONCERNING WRONG-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL. SECTIONS 2E-40 AND 3B-20 OF THE MANUAL ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES (MUTCD) HAVE BEEN REVISED TO IMPROVE THE DESIGN AND PLACEMENT OF WRONG-WAY PAVEMENT MARKING ARROWS AND TO BETTER DETAIL THE ROLE OF ARROWS IN LANE USE CONTROL. ONE OF THE IMPROVEMENTS IS THE USE OF RETROFLECTIVE RAISED PAVEMENT MARKERS AND A SUPPLEMENTAL DESIGN FOR WRONG-WAY ARROWS TO PROVIDE IMPROVED VISIBILITY TO THE WRONG-WAY DRIVER.