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Regulators: Amtrak Train Was Below Speed Limit Before Fatal Crash

An Amtrak passenger train was going about 87 mph (140 kph) when it collided with a dump truck at a rural Missouri railway crossing, killing four people, an official with the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. The speed limit …

Video Gives More Detail on Collapse of Pittsburgh Bridge

Video footage from a bus of the bridge collapse in Pittsburgh this year shows one end of the structure had already fallen when an expansion joint at the other end was pulling apart, federal investigators said Thursday. The National Transportation …

NTSB Report Recounts Final Moments Before Fatal Louisiana Helicopter Crash

A helicopter was seen descending toward the ground in a nose-down position before it crashed near Houma, killing the pilot and a passenger, federal investigators said. The account was included Friday in the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on …

Transportation Safety Chief Objects to Use of Driver Error Statistic

With traffic fatalities spiking higher, the nation’s top safety investigator says a widely cited government statistic that 94% of serious crashes are solely due to driver error is misleading and that the Transportation Department should stop using it. Jennifer Homendy, …

NTSB: Driver was Behind Wheel When Tesla Crashed Near Houston, Killing Two

A driver was behind the wheel when a Tesla electric car crashed and burned last April near Houston, killing two men, neither of whom was found in the driver’s seat. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board announced the findings in …

NTSB: Poor Communication Led to Fatal Towboat Crash in Louisiana

A fatal head-on crash between barges pushed by two towboats in Louisiana was caused by inadequate communication and failure to broadcast their total sizes, the National Transportation Safety Board says. The RC Creppel overturned and sank after the collision with …

NTSB: Georgia Cargo Shipwreck Caused by Inaccurate Stability Calculations

Inaccurate stability calculations caused the capsizing of vehicle carrier Golden Ray that resulted in $200 million worth of damages, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The Marine Accident Report details the NTSB’s investigation of the Sept. 8, 2019, capsizing of …

‘Be Honest’: New Transportation Safety Chief Warns Robot-Car Claims Erode Public Trust

The nation’s new chief accident investigator wants to send a message: growing public confusion over automated driving systems in the U.S. is threatening to undermine the potential safety benefits of the technology. Jennifer Homendy took the reins as chairwoman of …

Flood-Weakened Tracks a ‘Probable Cause’ in 2019 Fort Worth Train Derailment

Federal officials say a train that derailed and caught fire in Fort Worth in 2019 was traveling on tracks that had been weakened by flooding after days of rain. The National Transportation Safety Board said in an accident report released …

Biden Regulators Plan Safety Standards for Truck Brakes, Autonomous Vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — In a reversal from Trump administration policies, U.S. auto safety regulators say they will move to require or set standards for automatic emergency braking systems on new heavy trucks. The Department of Transportation, which includes the National …