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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-90-073
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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. WITHNESS 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 STATE OF TENNESSEE: PROVIDE MAINTENANCE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO COMPLETE RECOMMENDED REPAIRS DEVELOPED AS A RESULT OF BRIDGE INSPECTIONS.
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: 10/14/1994
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Tennessee (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Tennessee
Date: 10/14/1994
Response: THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT FOLLOWING THE COLLAPSE OF THE HATCHIE RIVER BRIDGE, THE TENNESSEE DOT WAS REORGANIZED IN ORDER TO MAKE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR BRIDGE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR. ADDITIONALLY, THE 1990 BRIDGE GRANT PROGRAM ACT HAS AIDED LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN REPLACING OR REHABILITATING CERTAIN BRIDGES WITHIN THEIR JURISDICTIONS. BASE ON THIS INFORMATION, H-90-73-HAS BEEN "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: State of Tennessee
To: NTSB
Date: 8/2/1994
Response: CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES WERE MADE IN THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IN LATE 1989, & ADDITIONAL RESOURCES HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE IN THE AREA OF BRIDGE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR SINCE THAT TIME. ALSO IN 1990 LEGISLATION WAS ENACTED ENTITLED "1990 BRIDGE GRANT PROGRAM ACT" TO AID LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN REPLACING OR REHABILITATING CERTAIN BRIDGES WITHIN THEIR JURISDICTIONS.