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NTSB Warns Pilots of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Airplane Exhaust

Federal officials issued safety alerts to pilots and aircraft mechanics last week warning them about the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) alerts warn that the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is generally overlooked and underestimated in the aviation industry – a dangerous prospect considering that many airplanes with internal combustion engines are warmed by exhaust systems using a heater shroud. Compounding the danger is the colorless, odorless, and tasteless nature of carbon monoxide fumes, which can fill the cockpit and go undetected until it’s too late. The NTSB’s safety alerts offer some ... Read More

Movie Producers Seek Indemnity In Fatal Airplane-Crash Suits

An airplane crash that killed two men and seriously injured a third while filming the Tom Cruise movie American Made in 2015 has spawned multiple lawsuits, including one filed Sept. 8 by four production companies seeking indemnity for damages awarded against them in other lawsuits. The lawsuit, filed in California, seeks to hold S&S Aviation, a Georgia company responsible for maintaining the airplane that crashed, at least partly responsible for any damages and lawyer fees resulting from the wrongful death and personal injury claims the production companies face. The movie “American Made” is set to be released later this month. It ... Read More

Country Singer Troy Gentry Killed In NJ Helicopter Crash

Country music star Troy Gentry of the duo Montgomery Gentry died Friday afternoon of injuries he suffered in a helicopter crash in that also claimed the life of the pilot. The deadly crash occurred around 1:00 p.m. at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, New Jersey, about 20 miles east of Philadelphia. Mr. Gentry was scheduled to perform in concert at the Flying W later Friday evening with Eddie Montgomery, the other half of Montgomery Gentry. The concert was canceled about an hour after the crash. Witnesses said the helicopter pilot, James Evan Robinson, had radioed for help ... Read More

Puzzling Train Crashes Renew Calls For Train Surveillance

Federal safety officials investigating a series of puzzling train crashes are urging the Federal Transit Administration and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to install crash-proof surveillance systems on all transit system trains. According to Bloomberg, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has put rail video and sound-recording systems on its Most Wanted List of safety enhancements. The items on this list have been derived by multiple NTSB probes of transportation-related accidents over several years. But while the NTSB can recommend safety improvements to government agencies such as the Federal Transit Administration, the agencies are not obligated to act on ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Crashes Into Bus on Pennsylvania Highway, Injuring 26

A crash between a tractor-trailer and a bus on an eastern-central Pennsylvania interstate sent more than two dozen people to the hospital Sunday, Aug. 20. Authorities said the collision on Interstate 78 in Williams Township, about 65 miles north of Philadelphia, sent 26 people to the hospital with injuries. Three of those brought to St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, remain hospitalized in serious condition. The bus was reportedly traveling in the right lane of I-78 eastbound and the tractor-trailer was in the left lane. For reasons not yet clear, the tractor-trailer struck the back of the bus ... Read More

Commercial Carriers can Dispute Fault in FMCSA Pilot Program

Commercial drivers and carriers are now able to dispute fault in certain types of crashes that authorities deemed preventable on the commercial driver’s part and have these crashes removed from their Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) ratings. In a July 27 Federal Register notice, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that under a new pilot program that started Aug. 1, carriers may submit requests for data reviews under the agency’s Crash Preventability Demonstration Program. The FMCSA will then review and evaluate the preventability of crashes in certain circumstances. As a crash indicator, the FMCSA uses a Behavior Analysis and ... Read More

Family of film worker Killed By CSX Train Awarded $3.9M

A Chatham County, Georgia, jury ordered CSX Transportation to pay nearly $4 million to the family of a film crew member killed on a railroad trestle in 2014 during the shooting of a biopic about Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was run over by a CSX freight train and killed during the first day of filming “Midnight Rider” on Feb. 20, 2014. The crew was on a railroad trestle in Southeastern Georgia filming a scene with actor William Hurt, who was cast to play Mr. Allman, when a CSX train barreled through ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Blamed For Deadly Pileup in Georgia

A tractor-trailer driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving after allegedly starting a serial crash on Interstate 16 in Macon, Georgia, that killed at least three people and critically injured at least three others. Investigators were still sorting through the charred wreckage of at least 10 vehicles looking for bodies on the morning after the July 11 crash. Authorities told The (Macon) Telegraph the chain-reaction crash started with a tractor-trailer that ran over a pickup truck and a car. A church van from the Greater New Friendship Baptist Church in Dublin, Georgia, was also involved in the ... Read More

Church Bus Crash Kills Alabama Teen, Injures 39 Others

The cause of a church bus crash near the Atlanta airport last Thursday afternoon that killed a 17-year-old girl and injured 39 others remains under investigation. The fatal crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. June 8 on Camp Creek Road in South Fulton County near the intersection of Merk Road. The bus, owned and operated by Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama, was taking church members to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where they were to depart that evening for a mission trip to Botswana. Initial reports say the eastbound church bus attempted to change lanes when it collided with a ... Read More

Tractor-trailer Crash Kills Four on Indiana Highway

Indiana State Police say four people are dead after a tractor-trailer failed to slow for traffic and struck a passenger vehicle and another truck near Terre Haute Saturday, May 13. Terre Haute’s Tribune-Star reports that the tractor-trailer was traveling east on Interstate 70 west of Terre Haute when traffic in the eastbound lanes started to slow because of an active fire, reportedly from a tractor-trailer brake fire, along the highway. Just before 5 p.m., the tractor-trailer failed to slow down and slammed into the back of a Toyota car, pushing it into the back of a flatbed trailer and causing ... Read More