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DOT proposes new reg to protect bus passengers in rollover crashes

Performance requirements would reduce risk of ejection
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to protect motorcoach and other large bus passengers in rollover crashes.  The proposal aims to improve the structural design of large buses to ensure that passengers are better protected in a deadly vehicle rollover by ensuring that the space around them remains sufficiently intact and the emergency exits remain operable.


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Fatal Md. derailment caused by broken rail

NTSB wraps up investigation
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The derailment of a CSX coal train on a railroad bridge in Ellicott City, Md., on August 20, 2012 was caused by a broken rail with evidence of rolling contact fatigue, the National Transportation Board (NTSB) has concluded.


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Untrained crew caused NJ train derailment, hazmat release

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that a derailment at Paulsboro Bridge in New Jersey, which resulted in a hazardous material release occurred because Consolidated Rail Corporation rules allowed the train to proceed past a red signal onto a movable bridge without the rail slide locks being fully engaged.


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Safe Trailering

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Selection of binding chains: (49CFR 393.102) Truckers frequently use chains to tie down their loads securely, to enhance safety and abide by the law. There are two important factors to keep in mind when evaluating chains.


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NHTSA's tips for safer summer bicycling

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Americans in increasing numbers are embracing bicycling for fun, fitness, and for getting to work, school and errands. Summer is here, school is out, and more young people are out on their bikes. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding everyone about safety tips for safe bicycling this summer and throughout the year.


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U.S. DOT proposes rulemaking for the safe transportation of crude oil, flammable materials

Releases new data on Bakken crude oil to support increased safety measures
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the details of a comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail - particularly crude oil and ethanol - in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a companion Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM).


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Behind Wash. state bridge collapse: a driver talking on a cell phone

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The driver of a vehicle hired to escort a truck carrying an oversize load was talking on her mobile phone at the time the truck struck an interstate highway bridge and caused it to collapse, sending two cars and a camper-trailer into a river.


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NTSB turns down bid to reopen TWA Flight 800 investigation

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it stands by its investigation of the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 and has denied a petition for reconsideration of its findings by a group claiming that a missile – or something like it -- caused the accident.


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National Safety Council estimates 385 traffic fatalities this Independence Day weekend

Council offers tips for a safe Fourth of July celebration
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The National Safety Council today released estimates of fatalities from traffic crashes for the upcoming Independence Day weekend – 6 p.m. on July 3 through 11:59 p.m. on July 6. The Council estimates 385* deaths and an additional 41,200* medically consulted injuries may occur over this holiday weekend from motor vehicle collisions.


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NTSB: Crew errors caused crash of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco

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The 2013 crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport was caused by the flight crew’s mismanagement of the approach and failure to monitor the plane’s airspeed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigated the accident.


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