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NTSB: Cleveland Plane Crash That Killed Six Likely Caused by Pilot Fatigue, Inexperience

A pilot’s inexperience combined with fatigue were likely causes of a 2016 plane crash that killed all six people aboard when it plunged into Lake Erie, federal investigators say. On Dec. 29, 2016, pilot Frank Fleming, who was the CEO of Superior Beverage Company in Columbus, Ohio, took off from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland in a Cessna 525. With him were his wife Sue, 46, sons Jack, 15, and Andrew, 14; family friend Brian Casey, 50; and Mr. Casey’s daughter Megan, 19. The family and their friends had flown to Cleveland to celebrate Mr. Fleming’s birthday at a Cavaliers game. ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver, Firms Sued For Deadly Fatigue-Related Crash

The mother of a South Carolina woman who was killed in February when a tractor-trailer rear-ended her car at a high speed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging the truck’s driver was negligent when he fell asleep at the wheel. The deadly crash occurred in the early pre-dawn hours of Feb. 28 when 57-year-old Angela Gambrell of Greenwood, South Carolina, was stopped at a red light on her way to work, The Greenwood Index-Journal reported. At the same time, a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer owned by Salem Leasing Corp. was traveling east on the 72 Bypass in Greenwood when it ... Read More

Bus Crash Kills One, Injures Dozens in South Alabama

A bus crash near the Alabama-Florida border killed the driver and sent 46 people, mostly Houston-area high school band members, to area hospitals Tuesday morning, several with serious injuries. The bus, operated by First Class Tours Inc., was carrying 40 students and six adults from Channelview High School back to Channelview, Texas, after a Saturday performance at a Disney World music festival. Channelview is just east of Houston. The bus crash killed driver Harry Caligone of Houston, who was employed by First Class Tours for more than 20 years. The Associated Press reported that Mr. Caligone had a clean driving ... Read More

Researchers Develop Fatigue Relief Guidelines For EMS Workers

Fatigue is a serious problem for workers in many occupations, but it’s especially dangerous in certain lines of work, such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS), where it can easily spell the difference between life and death. Recognizing that administrators of EMS operations in the U.S. lack guidance on how to mitigate fatigue among emergency workers, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center partnered with the National Association of State EMS Officials to draw up guidelines aimed at mitigating fatigue among emergency medical services personnel. According to researchers participating in the project, fatigue is a threat that is often overlooked by EMS ... 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

NTSB: Sleep Apnea, Fatigue Among Causes of Deadly Casino Bus Crash

A deadly crash between a casino bus and a tractor trailer that killed 13 people near Palm Springs, California last year likely resulted from a driver’s undiagnosed sleep apnea and an inadequate traffic management plan by the state to control traffic in a work zone, federal investigators determined. In its investigation of the Oct. 23, 2016, crash of a 47-passenger 1996 MCI motor coach operated by USA Holiday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that the casino bus slammed into the back of a stopped tractor-trailer at a high speed. The crash killed the casino bus driver and 12 passengers ... Read More

FMCSA To Test Hours-of-Service Rule Change For Commercial Drivers

Federal transportation regulators are planning to test new hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers that would allow them to split their off-duty time into two shorter segments without exceeding current on-duty driving limits. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hopes to enroll about 200 commercial truck drivers in the pilot program, which essentially rolls back hours-of-service regulations to a previous standard that allowed drivers to split their sleep berth time. Under the program, commercial truck drivers who regularly use a sleeper berth would be allowed to divide their 10 hours of off-duty time into two separate sleeper berth splits ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Arrested For Deadly Louisiana Crash

A tractor-trailer driver was arrested Saturday, Sept. 23, in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana after veering into oncoming traffic and causing a head-on collision that killed a man. According to The (Baton Rouge) Advocate, Louisiana State Police said that 41-year-old Daniel Johnson of Marshall, Texas, was traveling westbound on La. 10 in a 2012 Mack tractor-trailer truck when he hit the brakes to avoid slamming into a vehicle that had slowed in front of him so that it could make a left turn off the highway. The evasive effort, however, went wrong when Mr. Johnson apparently steered his tractor-trailer into the ... Read More

Proposed Sleep Apnea Rule Withdrawn

A proposed rule addressing the deadly risk of obstructive sleep apnea for commercial drivers and other transportation workers has been struck down by two federal agencies. According to a Federal Register posting, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are abandoning regulatory efforts to reduce the number of drowsy-driver related crashes by requiring testing and treatment of sleep apnea. The proposed rule becomes the latest safety regulation to be thrown on the chopping block by the Trump Administration, alarming safety experts who have demonstrated through years of research how serious safety deficiencies in current ... Read More

Tiger Woods Arrested With DUI After Falling Asleep at the Wheel

A police officer in Jupiter, Florida, found Tiger Woods asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes, which was idling on the side of a road near his home early Monday morning. According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Jupiter road patrol officer Matthew Palladino found the golf legend buckled into his 2015 Mercedes at 4:22 a.m. The car was running, its brake lights were illuminated, and the right signal was flashing when officer Palladino found him, about eight miles from his waterfront home. Mr. Woods was confused and “had extremely slowed and slurred speech,” the police report noted. When awakened, Mr. ... Read More