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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-90-068
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Synopsis: ABOUT 8:15 P.M. CENTRAL STANDARD TIME, APRIL 1, 1989, AN 85. 5-FOOT SECTION OF THE 4,201-FOOT-LONG NORTHBOUND U.S. ROUTE 51 BRIDGE OVER THE HATCHIE RIVER FELL ABOUT 20 FEET INTO THE 24-FOOT-DEEP RAIN-SWOLLEN RIVER AFTER TWO PILE-SUPPORTED COLUMN BENTS SUPPORTING THREE BRIDGE SPANS COLLAPSED. WITNESS REPORTS AND PHYSICAL EVIDENCE INDICATE THAT THE SOUTHERN COLUMN BENT (70) AND THE TWO SPANS THAT IT SUPPORTED FELL QUICKLY, CAUSING FOUR PASSENGER CARS AND ONE TRACTOR-SEMITRAILER TO PLUNGE INTO THE RIVER. THE ADJACENT COLUMN BENT (71) AND THE SPAN THAT IT WAS SUPPORTING THEN COLLAPSED ON TOP OF THE VEHICLES. THE RIVER HAD APPARENTLY BEEN AT FLOOD STAGE SINCE NOVEMBER 1988. ALL EIGHT VEHICLE OCCUPANTS DIED AS A RESULT OF THE COLLAPSE. (COVINGTON, TENNESSEE)
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: IMMEDIATELY REPAIR THOSE BRIDGES DETERMINED TO HAVE EXPOSED FRICTION PILES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Covington, TN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA89MH006
Accident Reports: Collapse of the Northbound U.S. Route 51 Bridge Spans over the Hatchie River
Report #: HAR-90-01
Accident Date: 4/1/1989
Issue Date: 7/24/1990
Date Closed: 1/8/1993
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Tennessee, Department of Transportation (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Tennessee, Department of Transportation
Date: 1/8/1993
Response: THE BOARD NOTES THAT ACCORDING TO THE TDOT'S REGIONAL BRIDGE ENGINEERS, ALL STATE-MAINTAINED BRIDGES DETERMINED TO HAVE EXPOSED FRICTION PILES HAVE BEEN REPAIRED. BASED ON THIS INFORMATION, RECOMMENDATION H-90-68 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: State of Tennessee, Department of Transportation
To: NTSB
Date: 9/14/1992
Response: TDOT'S REGIONAL BRIDGE ENGINEERS REPORT THAT ACCORDING TO THEIR RECORDS AND TO THE BEST OF THEIR KNOWLEDGE ALL STATE MAINTAINED BRIDGES DETERMINED TO HAVE EXPOSED FRICTION PILES BENEATH SUBSTRUCTURE HAVE BEEN REPAIRED.

From: NTSB
To: State of Tennessee, Department of Transportation
Date: 6/12/1992
Response: