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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-15-044
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Synopsis: On September 26, 2014, about 9:05 p.m., a 2013 Peterbilt truck-tractor in combination with a 2014 Great Dane semitrailer, operated by Quickway Transportation Inc., was traveling north in the left lane of Interstate 35 (I-35), near Davis, Oklahoma. About the same time, a 2008 Champion Defender 32-passenger medium-size bus—transporting 15 members of the North Central Texas College (NCTC) softball team—was traveling south in the right lane of I-35. The college owned and operated the bus. In the vicinity of milepost 47, after negotiating a slight rightward curve at a speed of about 72 mph, the truck-tractor departed the left lane and entered the 100-foot-wide depressed earthen median at an approximate 2 degree angle. The truck-tractor continued through the median, traveling over 1,100 feet without evidence of braking or steering. The combination vehicle then entered the southbound lanes of I-35 at an approximate 9 degree angle and collided with the bus.
Recommendation: TO THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES: Urge your members to adopt and follow the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Safety in Student Transportation: A Resource Guide for Colleges and Universities.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Await Response
Mode: Highway
Location: Davis, OK, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: HWY14MH014
Accident Reports: ​Preliminary Report Highway HWY14MH014 Truck-Tractor Semitrailer Median Crossover Collision With Medium-Size Bus on Interstate 35, Davis, Oklahoma, September 26, 2014
Report #: HAR-15-03
Accident Date: 9/26/2014
Issue Date: 12/14/2015
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (Open - Await Response)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges
Date: 12/14/2015
Response: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in other modes of transportation—railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. The NTSB determines the probable cause of the accidents and issues safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents. In addition, we carry out special studies concerning transportation safety and coordinate the resources of the federal government and other organizations to provide assistance to victims and their family members affected by major transportation disasters. We are providing the following information to urge the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to take action on the safety recommendation being issued in this letter. On November 17, 2015,the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) adopted its report concerning the September 26, 2014, crash in which a Peterbilt truck-tractor in combination with a Great Dane semitrailer, operated by Quickway Transportation Inc., collided with a Champion Defender 32-passenger medium-size bus on Interstate 35, near Davis, Oklahoma.1 The truck-tractor departed the roadway, traveled more than 1,100 feet across the median without evidence of braking or steering, entered the southbound lanes of traffic, and collided with the bus—which was transporting 15 members of the North Central Texas College softball team. As a result of the crash, four passengers on the bus were fully or partially ejected and died, and both drivers and the remaining passengers were injured. Additional information about this crash and the resulting recommendations may be found at our website, www.ntsb.gov,under report number NTSB/HAR-15/03. As a result of this investigation, we issued seven new recommendations, including two to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; one to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); one to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); one to the 50states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; one to five motor carrier industry stakeholders; and the following recommendation to the AACC: H-15-44 Urge your members to adopt and follow the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Safety in Student Transportation: A Resource Guide for Colleges and Universities. As a result of this investigation, we also reiterated five previously issued recommendations to NHTSA and two each to the FHWA and to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. In addition, we superseded one previously issued recommendation to the governors and legislatures of the 50 states, the US Territories, and the District of Columbia. This safety recommendation is derived from the NTSB’s investigation and is consistent with the evidence we found and the analysis we performed. Chairman HART, Vice Chairman DINH-ZARR, and Members SUMWALT and WEENER concurred in this recommendation. The NTSB is vitally interested in this recommendation because it is designed to prevent accidents and save lives. We would appreciate receiving a response from you within 90days detailing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement it. When replying, please refer to the safety recommendation by number. We encourage you to submit your response electronically to correspondence@ntsb.gov.