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NTSB Releases First Report on NY Limo Crash That Killed 20

Federal investigators have released a report on the limo crash that killed 20 people in Upstate New York in October, but the cause of the crash is yet to be determined. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) preliminary report of the horrific Oct. 6 crash offers little insight into the potential causes but provides some details that investigators garnered after securing access to the wrecked limousine from the Schoharie County District Attorney’s office. According to the NTSB, the limo was a 2001 Ford Excursion with a wheelbase of 11 feet that had been modified to a length of 26 feet ... Read More

Rear Underride Collision With Tractor-Trailer Kills Tennessee Sheriff’s Officer

Rear underride guards on the back of tractor-trailers and other large vehicles are critical safety devices that are meant to protect motorists from being crushed or decapitated in a collision with the back of a truck. But as important as these devices are for all motorists on the road, there is plenty of grisly evidence to show that tougher rules and standards are needed to govern the strength and functionality of rear underride guards. One of the latest examples is the fatal crash of Davidson County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s officer Joseph Gilmore. Officer Gilmore was killed on New Year’s Day on ... Read More

Greyhound Bus Crash Kills Girl, Injures 12 Others in Utah

A Greyhound bus veered off the shoulder of I-70 in Utah late New Year’s Eve, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring a dozen others, including three in serious condition. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are on their way to the scene of the Greyhound bus crash in Emery County in the central part of Utah. The Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release that the Greyhound bus was traveling west on Interstate 70 to Las Vegas when it careened off the highway about 11 p.m. Sunday. “The bus traveled into a steep wash and came to rest approximately ... Read More

Multiple Deaths, Injuries in Washington Amtrak Derailment

An Amtrak derailment in DuPont, Washington, Monday morning has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. Authorities say at least three people are dead after part of Amtrak’s newly opened Cascades 501 line careened off an overpass near Mounts Road in Dupont and landing on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 below. Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma is serving as the main hospital receiving casualties from the train crash, but the hospital did not disclose how many patients it has seen. A spokesman for Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia told The Seattle Times that it had received about a ... Read More

Tennessee Official Sues Tractor-Trailer Co. and Driver Over Crash

A former Tennessee state representative is suing an Illinois trucking firm and others for injuries he suffered when a tractor-trailer crashed into his vehicle on I-81 in Kingsport, Tennessee last month. Jason Mumpower, who currently serves as Tennessee Comptroller chief of staff, filed the lawsuit Dec. 4 with his wife in a Greeneville, Tennessee federal court. The Mumpowers allege that Illinois-based Sopranos Inc. and Gogu Trucking Express and driver Pavel Gheleniuc of Orlando, Florida, are liable for the accident that left Mr. Mumpower with multiple “extensive” injuries. According to the Kingsport, Tennessee Times News, the lawsuit centers on a traffic ... Read More

Rear Underride Crash Kills Virginia Man

A 30-year-old Virginia man was killed in a rear underride crash with a tractor-trailer while on his way home to join his family for Thanksgiving. Now his family is calling on lawmakers for action to toughen the standards for rear underride guards that are supposed to mitigate these horrific crashes. Virginia State Troopers told Elba Padilla that her son Christopher Padilla probably fell asleep at the wheel when his Honda Civic plowed into the back of a tractor-trailer on 1-495 in Fairfax County, just minutes from home. Mr. Padilla was returning home from a holiday get-together with friends when the ... Read More

Deadly Kentucky Plane Crash: Plane Broke Apart in Flight, NTSB Reports

A Nov. 12 plane crash in Barren County, Kentucky, that killed all four people aboard was the result of “an in-flight break-up and collision with trees and terrain following a loss of control,” federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its preliminary report on the plane crash that the 1965 Piper PA-32 descended from 7,000 feet to 2,800 feet in 30 seconds before it lost radar contact and crashed in a remote area near Fountain Run, about 80 miles north of Nashville in southeastern Kentucky. The pilot-owner and three passengers were headed home to Somerset, Kentucky, ... Read More

Auto Auction Co. Faces Steep Safety Penalties After Deadly Crash

Federal officials have cited a Massachusetts automobile auction company with multiple safety violations and proposed more than a quarter million dollars in fines after five people were struck and killed by a runaway Jeep being exhibited at auction in May. Several others gathered for the auction were seriously injured. The citations stem from a May 3 investigation triggered by a May 1 incident involving a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee that suddenly accelerated to about 40 mph and plowed into a crowd of people gathered inside the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Collides with RV, Seriously Injuring One

Vermont State Police are investigating a crash involving a tractor-trailer that slammed into the back of an RV, seriously injuring one man on Monday, Oct. 11. The crash occurred on I-91 South in Rockingham, Vermont, when a car that was traveling in front of the RV braked abruptly in a construction zone, causing the driver of the RV, identified as Albert Milite, 50, to hit the brakes. According to myChamplainValley.com, Mr. Milite attempted to avoid a collision with the car by entering the left lane prior to the merge. Bernard Avery, 29, the diver of the tractor-trailer, responded by braking ... Read More

Troy Gentry’s Helicopter Hovered 10 Minutes Before Fatal Plunge

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Medford, New Jersey, killing him and country music singer Troy Gentry, hovered the faulty aircraft for 10 minutes while reviewing his options and waiting for first responders to arrive on the scene, 911 calls indicate. Pilot James Robinson, 30, had taken Mr. Gentry up in the helicopter for a “spur of the moment” ride Sept. 8 hours before Mr. Gentry was scheduled to perform with bandmate Eddie Montgomery, 50, at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford. Shortly after taking off, Mr. Robinson radioed that he was unable to control the helicopter’s ... Read More