National Transportation Safety Board News

Houston Bus Company Owner Gets Probation for Fatal Crash in 2008

The owner of a Houston bus company who was charged after a 2008 crash that killed 17 passengers on their way to a religious retreat has avoided prison after a federal judge sentenced him to three years of probation in …

NTSB: Southwest Pilot Took Controls From Co-Pilot Before NYC Crash

The co-pilot of a Southwest Airlines Co. plane that crash landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport in July 2013 said the captain put her hand on his as he was controlling the throttles and reduced the plane’s power. Only after …

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 …