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Tour bus collision with tractor trailer kills one, injures several others in Vermont

WEST HAVEN, Vt. —A tour bus collided head-on with a tractor trailer in central Vermont Friday night, killing the driver of the bus and injuring several others, including several passengers and the driver of the truck. Vermont State Police said that the tractor trailer, belonging to JP Logistics, was traveling on state Route 22A in West Haven near the New York border when it jackknifed at the bottom of a long hill and came to a stop in the road. A tour bus operated by New Jersey-based Triple D Travel crested the hill shortly afterward, lost control, and crashed into the ... Read More

Army women’s basketball team members injured in tractor trailer-bus collision

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, Penn. –Several members of the Army women’s basketball team were injured when a tractor trailer crashed into the back of the charter bus they were riding in Wednesday afternoon. Authorities investigating the crash said they do not know what caused the truck to hit the bus from behind, but said that engine problems had caused the bus to travel at a slow speed along the shoulder of Route 33 in Bethlehem Township when the tractor trailer hit it from behind. The driver of the truck was identified as Alton D. Spight, 54, of Blue Mountain, Miss. Authorities said ... Read More

New rule subjects commercial carriers to tougher penalties for safety noncompliance

A new rule published in the Federal Register Jan. 22 enables the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to suspend or revoke the operating authority registration of any commercial motor carrier that has demonstrated a pattern of “egregious disregard for safety compliance.” The new rule, which becomes effective Feb. 21, is also designed to prevent persons who have displayed a habitual disregard for U.S. safety rules from exercising a “controlling influence” over a motor carrier company’s operations, and from operating multiple entities in an effort to conceal noncompliance with safety rules. The FMCSA, which the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ... Read More

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

NTSB safety officials want mandatory collision-avoidance systems in all vehicles

Federal safety officials are pushing the U.S. government to make collision avoidance systems standard equipment in all cars and trucks, saying that the technology exists and is accessible, but it won’t reach its full potential to save hundreds of lives and spare thousands more from crash injuries until it becomes as common as air bags and seat belts. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 35,000 people die on U.S. roads and highways every year. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials say that many of those fatalities could become a thing of the past if all vehicles had crash avoidance ... Read More

Critics attack new Hours-of-Service rule in Congressional hearing

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) head Anne Ferro told a House subcommittee that her agency is not open to repealing the new Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations that restrict driving hours and mandate resting periods for commercial truck and bus drivers. “No, absolutely not,” Ms. Ferro said in a Nov. 21 hearing in response to a question about undoing the new HOS requirements. The hearing, which critics named “Wrong Way: The Impact of FMCSA’s Hours of Service Regulation on Small Business,” was organized by members of the House’s Small Business committee who say the new rules deal a blow to small ... Read More

Truck drivers fired for reporting safety concerns to be rehired, compensated

A North Carolina-based trucking company has been ordered to pay more than $1,070,000 in back wages, interest, compensatory and punitive damages to four truck drivers who alleged they were fired in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act’s (STAA) whistleblower protection provisions, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said. According to the whistleblower complaint, Gaines Motor Lines Inc. allegedly fired the four drivers after they participated in a safety inspection audit of the company’s facility in Hickory, N.C. The inspection was conducted by the Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the federal agency that regulates the ... Read More

NTSB says spate of deadly crashes suggests FMCSA is performing poorly

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are questioning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) effectiveness in doing its job and are calling for an audit of the federal agency. The NTSB raised red flags over the FMCSA’s performance after investigating four deadly crashes this year that killed 25 people and injured 83 others. The NTSB says its findings of the crashes, which occurred in California, Kentucky, Oregon, and Tennessee, “raise serious questions about the oversight of motor carrier operations.” The Board said that its investigations of each of the deadly crashes determined that warnings had been in place prior ... Read More

Three commercial truck drivers banned from road following crash investigation

U.S. safety regulators have ordered three long-haul truck drivers from three different states to cease their interstate operations after investigators deemed them to be an imminent hazard to public safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced. The three drivers, from Michigan, Texas, and Illinois, were banned from the road following their involvement in crashes, two of which resulted in the deaths of other motorists and a third that left a police officer seriously injured. On Sept. 13, Michigan-licensed truck driver Tracy Ferrell was operating a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 23 in Pickaway County, Ohio, when he crashed into ... Read More

Crashed fuel tanker truck ignites inferno on California freeway

COMMERCE, Calif. — A tanker truck hauling 8,000 gallons on crude oil and diesel fuel crashed on a Southern California highway Sunday morning, Oct. 27, creating a giant inferno that injured two people and forced the evacuation of a neighborhood. The rig was traveling on the Long Beach 710 freeway in Commerce, Calif., when it slammed into a side rail on an overpass and exploded. Aerial footage of the crashed tanker showed its charred remains dangling off of the bridge to the underpass below. The driver of the truck was able to escape, but suffered life-threatening burn injuries. He is ... Read More