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December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Senate Confirms New Head of NHTSA

Mark Rosekind.

The Senate in a voice vote Tuesday confirmed Mark Rosekind to the top job at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: NTSB, NHTSA, People

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Obama to Nominate NTSB Fatigue Expert to Head NHTSA

Rosekind in an official NTSB photo.

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.

Tags: NTSB, NHTSA, Sleep Apnea, Hours of Service, Fatigue, People

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Washington State Patrol Faults Trucker for I-5 Bridge Collapse

Skagit River Bridge Collapse: Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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.

Tags: Accidents, Washington, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Bridges, Oversize Loads

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Driver of this trash truck said he didn’t hear the train’s horn, but investigators said he had just gotten a phone call and failed to stop, look and listen. Photo from the NTSB report.

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.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB, FMCSA, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Regulations

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, NTSB, Nevada, Railroads, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Safety, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, People

April 27, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Accidents, California, Investigation, NTSB, Fleets, I-5, Interstate 5, FedEx

April 13, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Accidents, California, NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, FedEx

April 11, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Accidents, California, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, I-5, Interstate 5, FedEx

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Trailers, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, Underride, NHTSA, Tractor Trailers, Accidents, Regulations

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB

March 11, 2014 - Industry News

Hersman Leaving NTSB for National Safety Council

Deborah A.P. Hersman

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.

Tags: National Safety Council, NTSB

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

Congress is getting to work on the next highway bill. At its opening hearing on reauthorization on Jan. 14, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard urgent calls for a bipartisan approach to sustainable funding, a multi-year program and federal leadership.

Tags: Congress, Caterpillar, NTSB, Intermodal, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Multimodal, The Partnership to Build America Act

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Safety, NTSB, U.S. DOT

November 7, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, NTSB, Safety & Compliance, ATA

November 5, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Accidents, Texas, NTSB, Safety & Compliance

October 23, 2013 - Industry News

Hersman and Hart Sworn in Again at NTSB

Deborah Hersman

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.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, NTSB, U.S. DOT, Safety and Compliance

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, NTSB, Maryland, Fleets

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Error Key in Fatal School Bus Crash, NTSB Finds

A fatal collision between a school bus and a truck probably was caused by the bus driver’s mistake and made more severe by the truck being overweight and speeding, said the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tags: Accidents, NTSB

July 3, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Utilizes Driving Simulator in Testing of Accident Avoidance

The National Transportation Safety Board will soon be using an innovative driving simulator made by the Mechanical Simulation Corp.

The National Transportation Safety Board will soon be using an innovative driving simulator made by the Mechanical Simulation Corp. The simulator will be used by NTSB engineers for accident investigation and development, testing and demonstration of accident avoidance and mitigation strategies.

Tags: NTSB

June 13, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Releases Report on I-5 Bridge Collapse

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report into the May 23 bridge collapse along Interstate 5 in Washington, sending two vehicles into the Skagit River below.

Tags: Washington, NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, Skagit River Bridge

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

NTSB Says Straight-Truck Safety Needs More Attention

Should drivers of trucks like these be required to have a CDL? (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

The National Transportation Safety Board says the government should consider making medium-duty straight truck drivers get a commercial driver's license, following a five-year study that found these trucks were involved in a disproportionate number of fatalities.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, NTSB, Crash-Related Injuries, Truck Safety, Light & Medium, CDL, Regulations

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

I-5 Bridge Set to Reopen in Mid-June with Temporary Fix

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a plan to replace the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River near Mt. Vernon after it was damaged by a truck hauling an oversize load on Thursday, closing a section of the route.

Tags: NTSB, I-5, Interstate 5, Bridge, Washington, Infrastructure

January 21, 2013 - Industry News

Slight Drop in 2011 Transportation Fatalities

Transportation fatalities in the United States declined in 2011 by approximately 2%, according to preliminary figures released by the National Transportation Safety Board. The data indicates that overall transportation fatalities decreased from 35,043 in 2010 to 34,434 in 2011

Tags: DOT, NTSB

November 14, 2012 - Industry News

NTSB'S Most Wanted List Includes Mandatory Collision Avoidance, Aims at Distracted Driving

The National Transportation Safety Board released its 2013 Most Wanted List, with six of the 10 issues focusing on highway travel. Particular priorities of interest to the trucking industry include mandating vehicle collision avoidance technology, preserving the transportation infrastructure, and eliminating distracted and impaired driving

Tags: Safety, NTSB

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