National Transportation Safety Board News

Systematic Errors Led to Washington Bridge Collapse, Safety Board Says

Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year’s Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the …

Safety Report on Morgan Crash in N.J. Raises New Questions

A report by federal transportation safety investigators says a truck driver was speeding before he slammed into a limousine van, killing one man and seriously injuring comedian Tracy Morgan and two other passengers, and it has raised new questions about …

Wal-Mart Trucker Had Not Slept in 24 Hours Before N.J. Morgan Crash: Complaint

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. truck driver went at least 24 hours without sleep before his tractor-trailer crashed into a limousine, critically injuring actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and killing another entertainer, according to a police complaint. Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia, …

CSX Oil Tank Cars Derail, Catch Fire in Lynchburg, Virginia

A CSX Corp. crude train derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia, Wednesday, sparking a fire in at least three tank cars, spilling oil into a river and forcing a partial evacuation of the city’s downtown. No injuries were reported, and the fire …

Safety Board Says Rail Oil Tanker Rules Should Be Put on Washington Fast Track

Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re needed and if so, …

Mother of Student Killed in California Crash Sues FedEx

FedEx Corp. was sued over an April 10 collision on a California highway that killed 10 people when one of the shipping company’s trucks smashed into a bus taking high-school students on a college tour. Jennifer Bonilla, one of five …

Captain’s Error Led to 2013 NYC Ferry Crash, Investigators Say

A captain’s error, compounded by confusing controls and lax safety regulations, led to the January 2013 ferry crash that injured 80 people in Lower Manhattan, federal investigators said Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the ferry’s captain, Jason Reimer, …

Coast Guard Begins Surprise Safety Inspections of Cruise Ships

The Coast Guard has begun unannounced inspections of cruise ships at U.S. ports, targeting those with patterns of safety problems, officials told the National Transportation Safety Board at its first-ever forum on safety on board the vessels. Capt. Eric Christensen, …

Officials: 8 Victims of N.Y. Blast Died of Smoke, Burns, Trauma

Eight people killed in a suspected gas explosion that leveled two Manhattan apartment buildings in New York died of either blunt trauma, smoke inhalation or burns, officials said Monday. The autopsy results were released as investigators continued to examine the …

West Virginia Pipeline Blast in 2012 Blamed on Corrosion

Severe corrosion caused a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion in West Virginia that destroyed three houses and cooked a stretch of Interstate 77, and the incident likely could have been prevented if the pipeline had been inspected or …