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November 20, 2014

Obama to Nominate NTSB Fatigue Expert to Head NHTSA

President Obama intends to nominate Mark Rosekind of the National Transportation Safety Board -- a noted fatigue scientist who has studied truck driver hours of service rules -- to the top job at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

November 18, 2014

Washington State Patrol Faults Trucker for I-5 Bridge Collapse

Detectives from the Washington State Patrol on Monday released the findings of an investigation that determined that the truck that hit the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in May 2013, leading to its collapse, was 2 inches over-height.

October 22, 2014

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

September 3, 2014

Big Judgement Against Carrier Over Deadly 2011 Nevada Train Crash

A jury decided a civil case on Friday that pitted the nation’s passenger rail service against one trucking company, with the fleet having to pay more than $4.5 million in damages, according to Courthouse News Service.

July 16, 2014

NTSB Spreads the Skagit Bridge Blame, Soft-pedals the Real Problem

There is no excuse whatsoever for a driver striking a low bridge if the obstruction is accurately marked. That obviously wasn't the case with the Skagit River Bridge and there's only one doorstep on which to lay that blame.

June 27, 2014

Christopher Hart Nominated as NTSB Chairman

Hart faces confirmation by the Senate to fill the position left open when Deborah Hersman left earlier this year to lead the National Safety Council. During Hersman’s tenure, NTSB has been active in promoting truck safety in numerous ways ranging from electronic logs to distracted driving to parking.

May 15, 2014

Commentary: Texting Caught on Tape

The consequences of texting and driving can go far beyond your CSA score, a ticket or even the maximum $11,000 fine from the feds.

April 27, 2014

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report into Fatal Truck-Bus Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report about the April 10 crash between a FedEx Freight truck and a bus in California killing 10.

April 18, 2014

IIHS Tests Trailer Underride Guards

Recently the National Transportation Safety Board recommended improvements to trailer rear underride guards. This video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety highlights testing done last year on various trailer underrides, which it said highlighted problems when cars run into the back of a trailer barely overlapping the corner.

April 13, 2014

Many Unanswered Questions Following Fatal FedEx Truck-Bus Crash

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board about a fiery crash between a FedEx Freight tractor-trailer and a bus in California killing 10 won’t be issued for at least about another month.

April 11, 2014

NTSB Investigating FedEx Freight-Bus Crash That Killed 10

UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a “go-team” to investigate the cause of a deadly tractor-trailer bus crash that happened Thursday in California, killing at least 10 people.

April 3, 2014

Side Underride Guards Among NTSB Safety Recommendations

These recommendations stem from a 2013 NTSB safety study on straight-trucks and other research, which identified issues that apply to tractor-trailers as well.

March 19, 2014

Distraction Was Key in Chesapeake Bay Bridge Crash

A distracted truck driver failed to slow down, stuck the car ahead of him and pushed it off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water 27 feet below. That’s the official National Transportation Safety Board conclusion in its analysis of the July 19, 2013, accident. The car’s driver managed to get out of the sinking vehicle and swim to safety with minor injuries.

March 11, 2014

Hersman Leaving NTSB for National Safety Council

Deborah A.P. Hersman is stepping down as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board to become president and CEO of the National Safety Council, the council announced.

January 16, 2014

NTSB Releases "Most Wanted" Safety List for 2014

The National Transportation Safety Board has just released its 2014 Most Wanted List, the top 10 advocacy and awareness priorities for the agency for the year.

November 7, 2013

NTSB Calls for Audit of FMCSA's Safety Oversight

UPDATED -- The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's oversight processes in light of several deadly crashes that the board investigated, saying the findings from these investigations raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.

November 5, 2013

NTSB Says Train and Tractor-Trailer/Parade Float Crash and Deaths Due to Poor Planning

A fatal accident in which a freight train struck a tractor-trailer hauling a parade float in Midland, Tex. last November was caused by the failure of both the city and the parade organizer to address the risks associated with routing a parade through an active grade crossing and it serves as a cautionary tale to any trucking operation that volunteers equipment or people for such events.

October 23, 2013

Hersman and Hart Sworn in Again at NTSB

Deborah Hersman has been officially sworn in for a third two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Serving as chairman since 2009, Hersman was nominated for a third term by President Barack Obama on Aug. 1, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate Oct. 16.

October 15, 2013

Keeping Your Wheels On

There’s no mystery to why wheels come off trucks. The National Transportation Safety Board in 1992, and Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation in the late 1990s, both concluded after exhaustive studies that inadequate maintenance was the root cause of a series of fatal wheel separation incidents.

August 21, 2013

Truck Driver Was Distracted Before Bridge Crash, NTSB Says

A truck driver reported that he was distracted just before he ran into the car in front of him, pushing it off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water 27 feet below.

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