HIGHWAY ACCIDENT REPORT - USHER TRANSPORT, INC., TRACTOR-CARGO-TANK-SEMITRAILER OVERTURN AND FIRE, STATE ROUTE 11, BEATTYVILLE, KENTUCKY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1977
About 9:35 a.m., e.s.t., on September 24, 1977, an Usher Transport, Inc., tractor-cargo-tank semitrailer was descending a 12.6-percent, 720-foot-long grade approaching a left curve and a railroad/highway grade crossing on Kentucky State Route 11 in Beattyville, Kentucky. The truck, which was hauling 8,255 gallons of gasoline, crossed the tracks against the flashing red lights and in front of an approaching train, and struck buildings adjacent to the edge of the road. It then overturned on top of a parked car. Escaping gasoline ignited and the fire destroyed 6 buildings and 16 parked vehicles. Seven persons died in the fire. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the loss of vehicle control because of speed excessive for highway geometry. Contributing to the accident was the truckdriver's lack of judgment when he failed to respond to the warnings and obey the rules of the road.
National Transportation Safety BoardBureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC United States 20594
- Publication Date: 1978-7-6
- Pagination: 29 p.
- TRT Terms: Crash causes; Crash investigation; Crashes; Drivers; Fatalities; Fires; Gasoline; Hazardous materials; Highway safety; Human factors engineering; Judgment (Human characteristics); Loss and damage; Petroleum industry; Railroad grade crossings; Railroad tracks; Tank cars; Tanks (Containers); Traffic crashes; Truck drivers
- Uncontrolled Terms: Motor vehicle accidents; Petroleum trade
- Geographic Terms: Kentucky
- Subject Areas: Highways; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00185999
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-HAR-78-4
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Dec 29 1979 12:00AM