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Indiana considers tougher private-bus safety laws in wake of deadly church bus crash

A new bill that would hold privately owned and operated passenger buses in Indiana to some of the same safety standards as their commercial counterparts moved to the state Senate for consideration. The measure, designed to close a loophole that permits potentially dangerous privately owned buses to operate within the state, was introduced after the July 26 church bus crash in Indianapolis that killed three people and an unborn child and injured more than two dozen others. Senate Bill 238, which unanimously passed a Senate transportation committee vote last week, would require privately owned buses to submit proof of vehicle ... Read More

NHTSA reconsidering how it publicizes automaker fines

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering changes in the way it publicizes penalties against auto manufacturers after it failed to publicize collecting millions of dollars in fines from Ford Motor Company for its failure to notify agency regulators in a timely manner of a safety defect in some of its sport utility vehicles. NHTSA officials launched a preliminary investigation on July 17, 2012 of Ford Escape SUVs made in 2001-2004, following consumer complaints of poorly performing accelerator pedals. Eight days later, Ford notified the NHTSA that it planned to recall more than 423,000 of the Escape models. ... Read More

Private buses bound to few safety rules and standards

Passengers who use privately owned buses, such as those owned and operated by churches, should know that the vehicles are not bound to the same federal and state safety requirements that commercial and school buses must meet. The problem of allowing buses that don’t fall under the same strict oversight to transport passengers was underscored recently by the crash of a church-owned bus that sped off an Indiana interstate and crashed July 27, killing three adults and an unborn child. Dozens of other passengers were injured in the crash, some critically. The bus, owned and operated by Colonial Hill Baptist ... Read More

Authorities investigating deadly Indiana church bus crash face regulatory shortfalls

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Investigators say that it may take a few more days to determine what caused the driver of a church bus to lose control of the vehicle and crash as he exited the highway. The July 26 crash killed three people and an unborn child and injured 26 others, some critically. The bus, owned and operated by Colonial Hill Baptist Church in Indianapolis, was carrying 37 passengers, mostly church teens who were returning home from a teen church camp in Michigan. The driver, Dennis Maurer, 66, who was employed by the church to drive the bus, careened down ... Read More

Panama City Beach parasailing crash triggers safety regulation debates

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. –Two Indiana teenage girls parasailing in Panama City Beach were critically injured Monday when the line that tethered them to the boat snapped, sending them crashing into the side of a high-rise condominium building. The incident, caught on video, has re-ignited a statewide debate on parasailing safety and whether the industry should remain self-regulated. Sidney Renea Good, 17, of Roanoake, Ind., and Alexis Fairchild, 17, of Huntington, Ind., were parasailing with Aquatic Adventures Monday when the towing line broke and high winds carried them overland. Video shows the girls slamming into one building before hurling into ... Read More

NTSB finds engineer’s poor vision was the likely cause of deadly Oklahoma freight train crash

A Union Pacific railroad engineer who was killed along with two other train workers in a train crash in Oklahoma last year had a long history of chronic eye and vision problems and could not tell red signals from green and yellow ones, a doctor told federal regulators this week in a hearing on the deadly crash. The June 2012 crash occurred in a rural area of the Oklahoma panhandle after a 108-car Union Pacific freight train collided with an 80-car westbound freight train, also operated by Union Pacific, setting off a diesel fuel explosion and fire. Each of the ... Read More

Railroad companies ordered to compensate workers fired for reporting injuries, work dangers

CHICAGO, ILL–Two railroad companies must pay three workers a total of nearly $651,000 in back wages and damages after terminating them in retaliation for simply reporting workplace injuries and safety concerns, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported. According to OHSA, one employee of Central Illinois Railroad, a conductor, was injured in August 2008 when a knuckle that connects railroad cars allegedly broke, causing the railcars to suddenly jolt as they were being switched. The jarring motion caused the conductor to fall, knocking him unconscious and giving him multiple injuries to his shoulder, back, and head. The railroad ... Read More

Traumatic brain injury victim on road to recovery after state fair stage collapse

A woman whose skull was crushed in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse last August is showing remarkable signs of recovery after the traumatic brain injury she received left her in a coma and on life support. According to the Associated Press, 30-year-old Andrea Vellinga of Pendleton, Indiana, may attribute her recovery to a traumatic brain injury experiment called SyNAPSe, in which her family enrolled her hours after the falling stage crushed her skull. The SyNAPSe trial uses progesterone, a pregnancy hormone, to help reduce brain swelling and improve memory in patients suffering from a traumatic brain injury. However, according ... Read More

Gas pipeline safety improvements stalled by loose cannon legislator

On September 9, 2010, a subterranean natural gas pipeline owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) exploded in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno, creating a wall of fire that towered over 300 feet tall. The massive explosion killed 8 people and injured dozens more. It also leveled 38 homes and damaged about 70 others. More than a year later, federal investigators issued a final report on the disaster that cited “multiple and recurring deficiencies in PG&E operational practices,” and concluded that the company suffered from safety problems described as “systemic.” Among the “litany of failures” the National ... Read More

Study finds CSA safety rating system works well, but still has flaws

An independent analysis of the CSA safety enforcement system, which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gradually phased in to replace the old SafeStat model, has found the new system to be a highly effective system overall, but says it still needs improvements in some parts. The study, conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, provided a comprehensive analysis of the CSA model to determine if its new Safety Measurement System (SMS) system performed better than the SafeStat method. According to Truckinginfo.com, the researchers found the new system was indeed better; it reached more carriers and helped improve ... Read More