The National Transportation and Safety Board has opened a string of investigations after a series of trucking accidents, including 4 recent crashes that resulted in the deaths of 25 people and at least 86 additional people injured. Apparently, investigators had not noticed certain safety deficiencies until after the crashes, as reported in a NTSB press release. Several companies were shut down after the crashes due to hazardous deficiencies in safety and/or maintenance rules, which were not discovered until after the accidents.
The New York Times reports that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Transportation Department agency that regulates commercial truck and bus safety, did not dispute any of the safety board’s assertions. But Anne S. Ferro, the administrator of the agency, said that it had shut down “well over 100” unsafe bus and truck operators since 2010, compared with only about one a year from 2000 to 2009, and that the agency began a comprehensive review of its own operations two years ago.
The safety board, which has no regulatory authority, unanimously recommended more vigorous audits and follow-ups. “They need to crack down before crashes occur, not just after high-visibility events,” the board chairwoman, Deborah A. P. Hersman, said in a statement.
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