National Transportation Safety Board News

BNSF Seeks Delay in Lawsuit over North Dakota Derailment

A lawyer for BNSF says a civil lawsuit against the railway over a derailment near Casselton, N.D., nearly two years ago should be put on hold until it can be determined whether a broken axel was the cause of the …

U.S. Safety Board Criticizes Emergency Response in Tracy Morgan Crash

Federal safety officials who reviewed a highway crash in New Jersey that badly injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed a friend were sharply critical of the emergency response to it and are urging the state to establish minimum standards, but …

U.S. Safety Board Focuses on Driver Fatigue in Tracy Morgan Crash

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. driver who struck a limo van carrying comic Tracy Morgan last year had been awake for 28 hours and worked almost 14 hours at the time of the accident, U.S. investigators found. The National Transportation Safety …

Most Small Railroads to Miss Brake Safety Deadline, Says NHTSA

Only a small number of U.S. railroads will meet the Dec. 31 deadline for implementing new train safety technology that experts say would have prevented the deadly May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, officials said on Friday. A report to …

National Transportation Safety Board to Hold Hearing on Tracy Morgan Crash

Federal investigators will meet this week to determine the probable cause of the accident that injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and killed one of his friends. The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled a meeting for Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. A …

Truck Driver in Deadly Tennessee Crash Cited in Florida Previous Day

Authorities say a truck driver who slammed into numerous stopped cars outside of Chattanooga, Tenn., last week, killing six, had been cited for careless driving in Florida the previous day. According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, 39-year-old truck …

2014 Houston Ship Channel Collision, Spill Blamed on Tugboat

A tugboat captain’s decision to try to beat a cargo ship into the Houston Ship Channel is the probable cause of a 2014 collision that spilled 168,000 gallons of oil that drifted up to 200 miles down the Texas Gulf …

Wal-Mart Settles With Tracy Morgan Over Turnpike Crash Suit

Tracy Morgan and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. settled the actor-comedian’s lawsuit over a New Jersey Turnpike crash that had left him in a coma for days and killed another comedian. Morgan was riding in a van that was struck from behind …

Unions Urge Amtrak to Put 2nd Crew Member in Locomotives

The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. “The …

Amtrak Sued by Train Crash Victims Over Deadly Derailment

Six passengers on an Amtrak train that derailed May 12 in Philadelphia, killing eight and injuring more than 200, sued the railroad claiming the accident could have been avoided. The first of the lawsuits listed injuries suffered by four victims …