National Transportation Safety Board News

NTSB: Pilot Error in Fatal Plane Crash in Louisiana

A National Transportation Safety Board report cites pilot inexperience with the aircraft as the likely cause of a fatal crash in Baker last year. The Advocate reports John Cary Fowler had plenty of experience as a pilot, logging more than …

Wal-Mart Seeks to Settle Negligence Lawsuit by Tracy Morgan

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it wants to settle a negligence lawsuit by actor-comedian Tracy Morgan, a day after blaming the celebrity for injuries he sustained when his limousine bus was struck by a speeding company truck. Morgan, 45, and two …

Truck Driver: Distraction a Factor in Fatal Oklahoma Crash

The driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed into a bus and killed four college students on Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma told investigators he was distracted. Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas, was traveling northbound on Sept. 26 before crossing …

Wal-Mart Says Tracy Morgan Is to Blame for Injuries in Highway Crash

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said actor-comedian Tracy Morgan is to blame for injuries he sustained in June highway crash because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Morgan, who was critically injured when the limousine bus he was in was struck by a …

California Judges Recommend $1.4B Safety-related Penalty Against PG&E

California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday _ the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state _ for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco …

NTSB Releases Its Final Report on 2012 N.J. Freight Train Derailment

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on systemic flaws leading up to a 2012 train derailment that leaked a dangerous gas in southern New Jersey. The report issued Tuesday was approved by the NTSB last month, …

Cleanup at Arkansas Train Crash Site Ongoing

An important highway in northeast Arkansas could stay closed into next week as crews clean up the wreckage left from a head-on train collision, a highway official said. Two railroad workers were killed and two others were injured when the …

N.J. Senator Calls for More Railroad Safety Standards

A U.S. senator from New Jersey is calling for tougher penalties for railroads that violate safety rules among other changes he’s proposing to try to prevent accidents involving hazardous materials. Democrat Robert Menendez says his plan is in response to …

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 …