National Transportation Safety Board News

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 …

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 …