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NTSB to Meet on Wrong-Way Driving Special Report and Railroad Grade-Crossing Accident in Nevada

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a Board meeting to consider two items: 1) a special investigation report on wrong-way driving; and 2) a final report on the crash involving a commercial truck that struck an Amtrak train in Miriam, Nev.

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION REPORT - WRONG-WAY DRIVING examines one of the most serious types of accidents that occur on our highways: collisions involving vehicles traveling the wrong way on high-speed divided highways. The goal of the project is to identify relevant safety recommendations to prevent wrong-way collisions on such highways and access ramps. The investigations included in the report take a focused view of the driver and highway issues affecting wrong-way collisions.

The report will discuss the following areas:

  • Wrong-way collisions - Defines the problem, examines the NTSB history with these types of collisions, and surveys the data and research concerning wrong-way driving collisions.
  • NTSB investigations - Summarizes nine NTSB wrong-way collision investigations.
  • Characterization of wrong-way driving - Considers the components of wrong-way collisions and uses data, research, and NTSB investigative work to summarize these types of collisions.
  • Countermeasures - Provides recommendations to address wrong-way collisions.

 

GRADE-CROSSING ACCIDENT INVOLVING TRUCK AND AMTRAK TRAIN. On June 24, 2011, a Peterbilt truck-tractor pulling two empty trailers struck the left side of an Amtrak train that was passing through a grade crossing in Miriam, Nev. The truck driver, train conductor and four train passengers were fatally injured. Fifteen train passengers and one crew member were injured. This accident was originally scheduled to come before the NTSB on October 30, 2012, but was postponed due to the disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Event: Board Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 9:30 am EST (The wrong-way driving report is the first item on the agenda)

Location: NTSB Board Room and Conference Center
429 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594

Participants: NTSB Board Members

Live Webcast: A link to the webcast will be available on the following page shortly before the start of the meeting: http://www.capitolconnection.net/capcon/ntsb/ntsb.htm

NTSB Media Contact:
Office of Public Affairs
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6100
Peter Knudson
peter.knudson@ntsb.gov

 

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