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Houston Ship Channel Pilot Blamed in 2015 Collision

Federal safety experts say errors by a Houston Ship Channel pilot likely caused the 2015 collision between two 600-foot vessels that led to a chemical spill. The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that the National Transportation Safety Board has urged Houston …

Panel Creates Voluntary Privacy Guidelines for Drone Operators

A panel of privacy experts and technology companies organized by the Obama administration has issued guidelines for using drones without being overly intrusive. The suggestions are voluntary, but some business interests involved in the debate hope the guidelines head off …

Pedestrian Safety Focus of Multi-Agency Forum

Pedestrian fatalities increased six percent in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, according to preliminary figures provided by Dr. Richard Retting, a national practice leader for safety and research at Sam Schwartz Consulting. …

Amtrak Engineer Distracted Before Deadly Philadelphia Derailment

An Amtrak engineer whose speeding train jumped the tracks along a curve in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, was distracted by radio transmissions, a U.S. official briefed on the investigation said Monday. Engineer Brandon Bostian told investigators three days …

Texas Bus Company in Rollover Crash Ordered to Sideline Buses in Past

The small South Texas bus company involved in a rollover crash that killed eight people and injured 44 others had twice been ordered by Louisiana state inspectors in 2015 to take one of its buses off the road to fix …

Federal Report Finds That DC Subway Safety Hasn’t Improved

Washington’s subway system did not make meaningful safety improvements between a deadly collision in 2009 and a fatal fire in 2015, and some of the safety problems date back to the system’s first fatal accident in 1982, federal investigators said …

Insurers, States Work to Combat Distracted Driving

Drivers are faced with a number of distractions today. Consider that more than 587,000 people driving at any given time are holding cell phones, according to a National Occupant Protection Use Survey conducted in 2014. According to Distraction.gov, a joint …

Feed Truck Shifted Track Before Kansas Amtrak Derailment

A truck used to deliver feed to a business where cattle are fattened hit a train track and shifted it at least a foot before an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas and injured at least 32 people, an investigator …

Coast Guard Hearings Will Probe El Faro’s Sinking During Hurricane

The U.S. Coast Guard begins hearings on Tuesday to investigate whether misconduct or negligence were factors in the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro during a hurricane last fall, an accident that left the vessel’s 33 crew members dead. …

Big Freight Railroad Carriers Won’t Make 2018 Deadline for Positive Train Control

Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told the government they won’t meet a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last …