National Transportation Safety Board News

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 …

Federal Railroad Administration Orders Safety Improvements for Amtrak

Federal regulators ordered Amtrak, the U.S. passenger rail service, to immediately improve safety on its Northeast Corridor route from Washington to Boston. Amtrak must expand the use of technology to control train speeds, the Federal Railroad Administration said in a …

Amtrak Will Resume Northeast Runs Monday as FBI Examines Engine

Amtrak will resume passenger service in the Northeast corridor on Monday, a day earlier than planned, after replacing track near Philadelphia damaged in a fatal derailment last week. The first trains will leave New York’s Penn Station at 5:30 a.m. …

Students in Deadly California Bus Crash Not Given Safety Instructions

The high school students who struggled to escape from a burning tour bus after a collision with a tractor-trailer in California last year that killed 10 never received the required safety instructions from the driver before the crash, according to …

Amtrak Train Crash Victims Face $200M Injuries Cap Under Federal Law

There are many questions surrounding Tuesday’s Amtrak crash. The amount of money victims could receive for injuries isn’t one of them as federal law caps total rail-accident damages at $200 million. Congress established the limit in 1997 on all rail …

NTSB: Amtrak Train Was Going Double the Speed Limit Before Crash

The New York-bound Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing seven and injuring more than 200, was traveling 106 miles per hour just before the accident, more than double the speed limit, according to U.S. regulators. The engineer applied full …

6 Killed, Scores Injured as Amtrak Train Derails in Philadelphia

Investigators are trying to find out what caused a New York-bound Amtrak train to derail in Philadelphia, killing six, injuring scores and closing part of the busiest passenger rail corridor in the U.S. Northeast Regional Train 188, which originated in …

NTSB: Chopper Hoist Was Spinning Before Texas Nurse’s Fatal Fall

Investigators say a hoist suspended from a medical helicopter, which was carrying a nurse and patient from a Texas hiking trail, was spinning just before the nurse fell to her death. The National Transportation Safety Board on May 5 released …

Feds Say Chicago Transit Partly to Blame for Airport Train Derailment

Federal investigators say the Chicago Transit Authority shares in the blame for an accident last year in which a commuter train operator fell asleep and crashed into a platform at the O’Hare airport station, sending the lead car barreling up …