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NTSB makes appointments to rail safety and research and engineering offices

April 18, 2024
Patrick Warren has been appointed as director of the office of railroad, pipeline and hazardous materials investigations and Mike Budinski has been named deputy director of the...
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

NTSB finds moisture in battery system as probable cause of 2022 BEB fire in Hamden, Conn.

April 1, 2024
The board explained the lack of a safety plan by CTtransit for mitigating risks associated with high voltage lithium-ion battery fires during an emergency response contributed...

CTA resumes operations on Yellow Line after Nov. 16 incident

To support the reopening, the CTA outlined several interim safety enhancements on the Yellow Line, including reduced speeds, track cleaning, enhanced operations communications...
Safety & Security

NTSB to retire Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements at end of 2023

Dec. 18, 2023
The Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements has been the focus of the agency’s safety advocacy efforts for nearly 35 years.
Railroad Signals, PTC, Control Systems and Products

NTSB calls on FRA to formulate plan to incorporate new technology that prevents certain train collisions

Nov. 2, 2023
NTSB released a report Nov. 1 that identified situations where new and emerging technologies can improve the nation’s existing PTC system and benefit rail safety.
This photo illustration depicts the accident scene on June 11, 2017.The photo was taken at track level from the east end of the Queens Village Station. The point where the roadway worker was struck by the train is marked with the red circle.

NTSB finds fault with improper use of train approach warning method in 2017 incident that killed a LIRR foreman

May 18, 2020
The improper use of the train approach warning method “created an unacceptable risk” the NTSB wrote in its final report.
Highway crashes claimed the lives of 37,133 people in 2017, accounting for 95 percent of the 38,958 who died in transportation related accidents that year
Safety & Security

Highway Deaths Account for 95 Percent of all Transportation Fatalities in 2017

Nov. 6, 2018
Highway crashes claimed the lives of 37,133 people in 2017, accounting for 95 percent of the 38,958 who died in transportation related accidents that year.

Articles & News

Safety & Security

NTSB releases preliminary report of CTA Yellow Line accident

Dec. 13, 2023
NTSB says it will continue its investigation into the CTA’s signal system, braking system and the organic material found on top of the running rails.

NTSB preliminary data shows design flaw in braking system of CTA Yellow Line train accident

Nov. 20, 2023
The accident injured 38 people when a Yellow Line train collided with a piece of snow equipment that was on the track for training.
NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy speaks at a press conference in June 2022 following the derailment of an Amtrak train in Mendon, Mo.
Safety & Security

NTSB determines probable cause of Amtrak derailments in Missouri, Montana

Aug. 3, 2023
The 2022 Missouri accident was caused by human error with the steep road grade at a crossing being a contributing factor, while the 2021 Montana accident was caused by poor track...
A map showing time and location of where the WMATA railcar wheelset derailed and then rerailed while moving through switches, as well as the location of the final derailment.

NTSB issues Safety Alert for passenger railcar wheelsets

Dec. 2, 2021
The alert recommends fleet wheelsets be assessed for gauge specifications with immediate corrective action to be taken on any that are not compliant with specifications.
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Safety & Security

NTSB unveils 2021-2022 Most Wanted safety list

April 7, 2021
The list includes connected vehicle technologies and boosted safety for vulnerable road users, while NTSB has removed PTC from its list following the rail industry achieving implementat...
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Safety & Security

NTSB releases its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List

Feb. 5, 2019
NTSB is focused on seeing 46 of the open safety recommendations associated with the Most Wanted List closed within the next two years.
NTSB Board Member Bella Dinh-Zarr describes lineup of Go-Team on way to Washington state Amtrak rail accident.

WA: The Latest on the Amtrak Train Derailment

Dec. 19, 2017
Victims of Amtrak derailment in DuPont, Washington, included Pierce Transit employee and longtime rail advocates.

Videos & Resources

NTSB 50th Anniversary
Safety & Security

NTSB 50th Anniversary

May 10, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board marks its 50th year of saving lives. This video looks at several key changes that the safety board helped bring about.
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NTSB 2015 "Most Wanted" List

Jan. 14, 2015
The National Transportation Safety Board released its 2015 "Most Wanted" list of top transportation safety improvements.

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NTSB investigators assess the damage caused by the collision of an Amtrak train and a CSX train Feb. 4, 2018.
Safety & Security

Rail Safety Subject of 3 NTSB Urgent Safety Recommendations

Feb. 15, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board issued three urgent safety recommendations Thursday, acting upon the agency’s findings in two ongoing railroad accident investigations...

NTSB Office of Public Affairs Nearly Identical Probable Causes for 2 Commuter Rail Accidents Drive Safety Recommendations

Feb. 7, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday, February 6, determined that two commuter railroad terminal accidents in the New York area were caused by engineer fatigue resulting...
Safety & Security

NTSB Issues Investigative Update on Washington State Amtrak Derailment

Jan. 25, 2018
As part of its ongoing investigation into the Dec. 18, 2017, derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in DuPont, Washington, the National Transportation Safety Board released an...
Safety & Security

Ignored Safety Procedures, Fractured Safety Program Led to Fatal Amtrak Derailment

Nov. 16, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board determined Tuesday the April 3, 2016, derailment of Amtrak train 89 near Chester, Pennsylvania was caused by deficient safety management...
Safety & Security

NTSB Launches Investigators to Self-Driving Vehicle Crash

Nov. 13, 2017
Four investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in Las Vegas, November 10, to investigate Wednesday’s collision of a self-driving shuttle bus and a truck...
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Photo of Feb. 21, 2017, SEPTA rear-end collision in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
Safety & Security

NTSB Wants All Rail Transit Vehicles Equipped With Inward- and Outward-Facing Cameras

Sept. 4, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board issued three safety recommendations Thursday, calling upon industry to install crash-resistant inward- and outward-facing cameras in all...
In this photo, Robert L. Sumwalt III (left) sworn in as the National Transportation Safety Board’s 14th Chairman during a brief ceremony held at NTSB headquarters on August 10, 2017. NTSB Board Member Bella T. Dinh-Zarr (center) NTSB Acting Managing Director Dennis Jones (right).
Safety & Security

Robert L. Sumwalt III, Becomes 14th NTSB Chairman

Aug. 11, 2017
Robert L. Sumwalt III was sworn in as the National Transportation Safety Board’s 14th chairman during a brief ceremony held on August 10.
Safety & Security

Train Approach Warning from Watchman, Lookout, Subject of NTSB Safety Alert

Aug. 1, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board Monday issued a Safety Alert warning rail workers of the risks of working on the tracks using only a watchman/lookout to provide the train...
Safety & Security

Driver’s Actions Led to Valhalla, NY, Grade Crossing Collision

July 26, 2017
An SUV driver’s actions are the probable cause of a deadly 2015 collision between the SUV and a Metro-North commuter train at a grade crossing in Valhalla, New York, the National...