National Transportation Safety Board News

Mississippi City to Close 6 Train Crossings After Deadly Collision

The city council in Biloxi, Miss., has approved a plan to close six railroad crossings in the city. Biloxi had already been planning to close a half-dozen of its 29 railroad crossings before a CSX freight train hit a tour …

NTSB Expects Report on Fatal Mississippi Bus Crash Within Weeks

Investigators say a preliminary report on the March 7 train-bus crash in Mississippi that killed four Texas tourists should be ready within three weeks. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gillich on Friday added a seventh railroad crossing to a list his …

Thousands of Safer Ethanol Rail Tank Cars Sit Idle: Reuters

While crossing a small wooden bridge in northwestern Iowa last Thursday, 20 rail tank cars in a mile-long train transporting ethanol flew off the tracks, sending fireballs into the sky, while thousands of gallons of the biofuel leaked into the …

Details Emerge on What Went Wrong in Tour Bus, Train Accident in Mississippi

The Texas tour bus hit by a freight train in a deadly crash in Mississippi wasn’t supposed to have taken the road where it got stuck at a rail crossing earlier this week, a federal official said Thursday. National Transportation …

After Fiery Iowa Derailment, Safety Official Calls for Faster Rail Car Upgrades

A federal safety official called on the rail industry to move faster to upgrade aging rail tankers following a fiery train derailment in rural Iowa that spilled ethanol into a creek and was still burning nearly two days after it …

Senator Schumer Wants NTSB to Look into Small Plane Crashes in New York

Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct an in-depth investigation of small plane crashes, following two incidents last month and at least 18 crashes in New York last year. Schumer on Sunday released a letter he …

Defective Axle Blamed Fiery 2013 Derailment in North Dakota

A defective axle broke and caused a 2013 train derailment that led to a series of explosions just a quarter-mile outside a small North Dakota town, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. A BNSF train carrying soybeans derailed and …

Investigators: Plane in Fatal Oklahoma Crash Lost Power

A preliminary report on a plane crash in northeastern Oklahoma that killed a Grove man says the aircraft lost engine power while in flight. The report from the National Transportation Safety Board published on Jan. 30 says the pilot tried …

New Jersey Transit Rail-Crew Hours Draw Scrutiny Over Safety Limit 

New Jersey Transit faces a widening examination of its safety practices after federal regulators discovered hundreds of potential work-hour violations, including altered duty logs and shifts longer than permitted. Federal Railroad Administration inspectors recommended penalties in September after they found timekeeping …

NTSB to Probe Pennsylvania Trolley Crash that Hurt Nearly 50

Federal crash investigators are heading to Philadelphia a day after a collision between two trolley cars injured nearly 50 people. A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says the agency is sending a team to look into the crash in west …