Transportation safety

January 09, 2018 - 7:57 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A train collision on the outskirts of South Africa's commercial hub, Johannesburg, left more than 200 people injured, emergency responders said Tuesday morning. It was the second train crash in the area within a week. At least 226 people were taken to hospitals "but most with...
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In this Dec. 21, 2017 photo, Florida State Rep. Emily Slosberg poses for a photo at her office in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Slosberg is the lead sponsor of a bill that would strengthen the state's ban on texting while driving. Florida is one of the last states to not fully ban texting while driving. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)
December 30, 2017 - 3:43 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky says it is hard to separate texting drivers from drunken drivers as he cruises down a suburban interstate highway. Both weave. They speed up and slow down for no obvious reason and get too close to other cars. They endanger their...
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This graphic provided by Volvo shows how a rear cross-traffic system spots oncoming vehicles. New cars can come laden with safety technology, some that warns you and some that also takes action to protect you. (Courtesy of Volvo Car Corp. via AP)
December 27, 2017 - 10:47 am
We are in a new era of car safety: The focus has shifted from reducing death and injury in a vehicle collision to preventing a crash from happening in the first place. Safety features designed to avoid accidents are becoming increasingly common in new cars. Here is an overview of the advanced...
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2017, file photo, cars from an Amtrak train lie spilled onto Interstate 5 below alongside smashed vehicles as some train cars remain on the tracks above in DuPont, Wash. Federal investigators say video aboard the Amtrak train that derailed in Washington state shows crews weren't using personal electronic devices and that the engineer remarked about the speed six seconds before the train went off the tracks south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 22, 2017 - 2:10 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Video from the cab of the Amtrak train that hurtled off the tracks in Washington state, killing three people and injuring dozens, shows that the engineer did not appear to be using a cellphone or any other personal electronic device just before the derailment, federal investigators...
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The engine from an Amtrak train crash onto Interstate 5 two on Monday, sits on a transport carrier before being driven away from the scene, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. Federal investigators in the deadly train wreck want to know whether the engineer was distracted by a second person in his cab as his train hurtled into a curve at more than twice the speed limit. The train took a 30 mph curve at 80 mph and plunged off an overpass, sending rail cars plummeting onto a busy highway south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
December 20, 2017 - 8:22 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Experts say it's possible the engineer on an Amtrak train that derailed as it hurtled into a curve at more than twice the speed limit was distracted for an extended period of time before the train plunged off an overpass and onto a busy interstate, a key factor in the investigation...
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December 19, 2017 - 6:00 am
BERLIN (AP) — German air safety authorities have cleared a pilot at bankrupt carrier Air Berlin who aborted his final landing at the last moment to make a low pass around the control tower. The Berliner Morgenpost daily reported Tuesday that the federal agency which oversees air safety concluded...
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December 12, 2017 - 6:28 am
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The United States Forest Service says motorists traveling through the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests should watch for snow- and ice-covered roads. A news release from the forest service says although temperatures have risen above freezing and snow has melted from most...
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December 09, 2017 - 6:45 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee prosecutors say a man who led police on a high-speed chased told arresting officers he crashed his minivan because he became distracted checking his cellphone for directions. The Milwaukee District Attorney's Office said in a criminal complaint released Friday that 20-...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, Gaten Matarazzo arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Matarazzo will star in a series of videos aimed at promoting safe driving in his native New Jersey even though he’s not old enough to get behind the wheel himself. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
November 27, 2017 - 12:05 pm
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — "Stranger Things" star Gaten Matarazzo has a starring role in videos promoting safe teen driving in his native New Jersey, even though he's not old enough to get behind the wheel himself. Prosecutors in Ocean County, New Jersey, have signed up Matarazzo to play a role in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2011 file photo, developer Larry Silverstein speaks at a news conference in New York where he discussed the progress at the World Trade Center. Insurers for defendants including American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to pay $95 million to Silverstein and World Trade Center Properties to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
November 22, 2017 - 3:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Insurers for American Airlines, United Airlines and other aviation defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks. The settlement was described in papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court...
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