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NTSB Faults Parade Plans in Fatal Texas Train Collision

The lack of safety planning by parade organizers and the city of Midland, Texas, has been faulted by federal investigators in an accident in November 2012 in which a freight train rammed a tractor-trailer truck towing a parade float with …

Safety Probes at Risk Without More Funding: NTSB

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, handling the most accident investigations since the 1990s, is “going to have to let some things go” if budget cuts aren’t restored, Chairman Deborah Hersman said. “We’re getting very stretched,” Hersman, nominated this month …

NTSB: Missouri Derailment Investigation Could Take a Year

The investigation into the cause of a southeast Missouri cargo train crash that injured seven people and destroyed a highway overpass could take up to a year. The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday near Rockview, Mo., when a Union …

Report: Ship Crew Ignored Warnings Before Hitting Kentucky Bridge

The pilot and crew members aboard a cargo ship had reservations about the boat’s course shortly before it struck a bridge over the Tennessee River, but no one stepped up to check written or electronic charts against what they were …

Probe Blames Deadly Copter Crash on Pilot Texting

Texting by the pilot of a medical helicopter contributed to a crash that killed four people, federal accident investigators said this week as they approved a safety alert cautioning all pilots against using cellphones or other distracting devices during critical …

PG&E: Progress On Safety Recommendations at California Plant

More than two and a half years after a pipeline explosion killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb, a Northern California utility said Tuesday it has made sure that all of its gas transmission lines coursing through urban areas …

Safety Board Looking at Whistleblower Claims in 787 Battery Case

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is looking at issues raised by more than one whistleblower as it investigates battery failures that have grounded the global fleet of 50 Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners for a week. Michael Leon, one of …

States Urged to Require Ignition Locks for Drunk Drivers

A federal safety board is recommending that all states require ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders. The five-member National Transportation Safety Board said the devices are currently the best available solution to reducing drunk driving deaths, …

NTSB: Why Didn’t Train Wait Before Oklahoma Crash?

Federal investigators want to know why a freight train streaking across the Oklahoma Panhandle failed to pull into a side track and instead charged down the main line and collided head-on with another train approaching from the opposite direction. Three …