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

December 4

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:

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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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.