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Safety Recommendation H-15-020
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Synopsis: About 12:55 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, a 2011 Peterbilt truck-tractor in combination with a 2003 Great Dane semitrailer operated by the motor carrier Walmart Transportation LLC (Walmart Transportation truck) was traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike (part of Interstate 95) near Cranbury, New Jersey, in the center lane of the three-lane roadway. Near milepost 71.4, the Walmart Transportation truck encountered traffic that had slowed to less than 10 mph along a construction corridor, due to closure of the center and right-hand lanes. The truck was traveling 65 mph in a nighttime work zone that had a posted speed limit of 45 mph. The Walmart Transportation truck struck the left rear of a slowly moving 2012 Mercedes-Benz limo van (limo van) that was in the center lane. The impact from the Walmart Transportation truck accelerated the limo van forward and caused it to turn to the right. The limo van collided with a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling in the right lane. Contact from the Freightliner and Walmart Transportation trucks forced the limo van to roll over one quarter turn onto its left (driver) side. During its roll, the limo van struck the rear of a 2011 Buick Enclave, which then struck the rear of a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The limo van came to rest overturned onto its left (driver) side across the center lane. After striking the limo van, the Walmart Transportation truck continued into the left lane and struck a 2005 Nissan Altima in the rear before colliding with a guardrail and stopping on the shoulder against a concrete barrier. Twenty-one people in six vehicles were involved in the crash. As a result of the crash, one limo van passenger, who had been riding in the vehicle’s passenger compartment, died on scene, and the other four passengers in this compartment were seriously injured. Five additional people had minor injuries.
Recommendation: TO THE NATIONAL LIMOUSINE ASSOCIATION: Develop and distribute guidelines to your member operators urging them, during pretrip safety briefings, to (1) direct passengers to use seat belts where required by law and strongly encourage passengers to use seat belts where not required by law, and (2) encourage passengers to use properly adjusted head restraints.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Initial Response Received
Mode: Highway
Location: Cranbury, NJ, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: HWY14MH012
Accident Reports: ​Preliminary Report: Highway Accident Investigation, Cranbury, NJMultivehicle Work Zone Crash on Interstate 95
Report #: HAR-15-02
Accident Date: 6/7/2014
Issue Date: 9/8/2015
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: National Limousine Association (Open - Initial Response Received)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: National Limousine Association
To: NTSB
Date: 11/29/2018
Response: Manesh K. Rath, LLP, General Counsel to the National Limousine Association, Keller and Heckman LLP: I am counsel to the National Limousine Association (NLA). I am writing this letter in response to your October 16, 2018 letter to the National Limousine Association. In your October 16 letter, you listed two recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), identified as Safety Recommendations H-15-20 and -21. Accordingly, the NLA issued a Member Bulletin, distributed to its entire membership on November 16, 2018. See Attachment A, incorporated by reference herein. In that November 16 Member Bulletin, the NLA informed each of its members of the NTSB Recommendations. In addition, the NLA recommended that all members implement, if they have not already done so, a standard passenger safety briefing prior to the commencement of each trip, in which the driver should inform passengers of the location of safety restraint belts, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and emergency exits. As you know, the NLA strives to serve as a leader in advancing passenger safety in the chauffeured transportation industry. The NLA therefore attaches great importance to the NTSB's Recommendations H-15-20 and H-15-21. And, while the NLA does not set establish industry standards, the NLA stands ready to continue in its leadership role by sharing NTSB recommendations and by providing a forum for education on improving driver and passenger safety. We are thankful to the NTSB for sharing in the NLA's goals of improving passenger safety as well as the safety of drivers and others affected by the passenger transportation industry, and welcome the NTSB make any future recommendations that may continue in those efforts. For any further questions please contact me directly.

From: NTSB
To: National Limousine Association
Date: 10/16/2018
Response: We understand that you did not receive these safety recommendations when they were originally issued in 2015. Please find attached the original letter. This document, as well as the associated accident report, are also available on our website. Our records show that we e-mailed the letter to you on September 8, 2015; it is unfortunate that you have no record of receiving it. We look forward to learning about the actions you have taken to address these safety issues. Please update us at correspondence@ntsb.gov on your progress toward implementing these recommendations, and do not submit both an electronic and a hard copy of the same response. Pending your substantive update, Safety Recommendations H-15-20 and -21 will remain classified OPEN--AWAIT RESPONSE.

From: National Limousine Association
To: NTSB
Date: 10/9/2018
Response: -From Keller and Heckman LLP By: Manesh K. Rath, Partner, General Counsel to the National Limousine Association: I am counsel to the National Limousine Association (NLA). I am writing this letter in response to the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) Safety Recommendations H-15-20 and -21, as drafted in a letter dated September 8, 2015 (September 8 letter). No one at the National Limousine Association (NLA) received the September 8 letter, and the NLA does not have an NTSB-issued letter in its records or possession. Accordingly, we request that the NTSB issue, or reissue, this letter so that the NLA may have an opportunity to now respond. The NLA was first made aware of the existence of this letter by our public relations firm, Evins Communications, which received an email from the Associated Press on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 3 :26 PM ET referencing the letter. The NLA strives to serve as a leader in advancing passenger safety in the chauffeured transportation industry. The NLA therefore attaches great importance to the NTSB's September 8 letter and as well to the recommendations contained therein. The NLA stands ready to assist the indispensable and invaluable efforts of the NTSB, and we look forward to your reply in this matter. For any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

From: NTSB
To: National Limousine Association
Date: 9/8/2015
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. We determine the probable cause of the accidents and issue 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 National Limousine Association to take action on the safety recommendations being issued in this letter. On August 11, 2015,we adopted our report concerning the June 7, 2014, work zone accident on Interstate95 (I-95) in Cranbury, New Jersey, in which a truck-tractor semitrailer operated by Walmart Transportation LLC, traveling northbound on I-95, encountered traffic that had slowed along a construction corridor; the truck struck the rear of a limo van, and a series of successive impacts ensued, resulting in one death and four seriously injured people.1 Additional information about this accident and the resulting recommendations may be found in the report of the investigation, which can be accessed at our website, http://www.ntsb.gov,under report number NTSB/HAR-15/02. As a result of this investigation, we reiterated six safety recommendations, including three to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and three to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). We also issued nine new recommendations, including one to the Federal Highway Administration; one to NHTSA; one to the New Jersey Department of Health–Office of Emergency Medical Services; one to the New Jersey State First Aid Council; two to Walmart Transportation LLC; one to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, Detroit Diesel Corporation, and Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems; and the following two recommendations to the National Limousine Association: H-15-20 Develop and distribute guidelines to your member operators urging them, during pre trip safety briefings, to (1) direct passengers to use seat belts where required by law and strongly encourage passengers to use seat belts where not required by law, and (2) encourage passengers to use properly adjusted head restraints. H-15-21 Request that your vehicle-altering and final-stage manufacturing members post the total passenger and luggage weight limit on any vehicle they alter. Chairman HART, Vice Chairman DINH-ZARR, and Members SUMWALT and WEENER concurred in these recommendations. The NTSB is vitally interested in these recommendations because they are 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 them. When replying, please refer to the safety recommendations by number. We encourage you to submit your response electronically to correspondence@ntsb.gov. If it exceeds 10megabytes, including attachments, please e-mail us at the same address for instructions. Please do not submit both an electronic copy and a hard copy of the same response.