140 Vehicles Involved in Two Wyoming I-80 Pileups; Three Dead

Pileup on Interstate 80 in Wyoming Tractor-trailers remain on the scene March 2, 2020, following a crash on Interstate 80 in Wyoming on March 1. Two crashes that occurred within 4 miles of each other involved more than a combined 140 vehicles. (Wyoming Highway Patrol via Associated Press)

RAWLINS, Wyo. — At least three people died and dozens were injured in a pileup involving more than 100 vehicles, many of them tractor-trailers, amid blowing snow that closed part of Interstate 80 in Wyoming, officials said March 2.

March 2, 2020
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FHWA Grant Will Support Autonomous Crash Truck in North Dakota

North Dakota Currently, NDDOT uses a truck that has an attenuator mounted onto it and is operated by a human driver. (American Traffic Safety Services Association)

The North Dakota Department of Transportation will use a recently awarded federal grant to deploy an autonomous attenuator truck.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Proposes Making Crash Preventability Program Permanent

FMCSA Martinez speaks at an industry event. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on July 31 proposed to make permanent a demonstration program that documents on a driver's or motor carrier’s safety profile instances when a crash could not be prevented.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 31, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Experts Doubt Turbulence Caused Crash of Cargo Jet in Texas

Flight data recorder recovery of Atlas Air Flight 3591 NTSB investigators and a member of the recovery team retrieve the flight data recorder of Atlas Air Flight 3591. (NTSB via AP)

DALLAS — Aviation experts expressed doubt March 13 that turbulence could have caused the deadly February crash of an Atlas Air cargo plane carrying Amazon packages in Texas, suspecting human error or a massive malfunction as more likely culprits.

March 14, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

NTSB Takes Lead Investigating Crash of Amazon Air Cargo Plane

Wreckage from Amazon cargo jet crash This image taken from video provided by KRIV FOX 26 shows the scene of a cargo plane crash on Feb. 23 in Trinity Bay, just north of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. (KRIV FOX 26 via AP)

A widebody cargo plane hauling packages for Amazon with three people aboard abruptly plunged out of the sky and slammed into a bay Feb. 23 as it was preparing to land in Houston.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 27, 2019
Government, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Report: Key Changes Needed to Prevent Fiery Rail Crashes

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

A prestigious scientific organization on Oct. 11 called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes.

Joan Lowy | Associated Press
October 12, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Fleet of Self-Driving Cars in Pittsburgh Back on Road After Crash


Uber grounded its fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh for a few hours the morning of Sept. 18 as the company investigated a crash involving one of its vehicles.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 19, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Automation Faulted by NTSB in 2016 Fatal Florida Crash

Raindrops rest on the badge of Tesla Inc. Model X electric automobile in a parking lot in Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Alex Kraus/ Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc.’s design of its Autopilot system contributed to a 2016 fatal crash in Florida, accident investigators concluded as they recommended all automakers prevent autonomous driving systems from being used on roads for which they are not designed.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
September 12, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

Minnesota Legislators Debate Who Pays if Freight Train, Light Rail Collide

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Residents have long worried about plans for Southwest light rail to operate alongside freight trains hauling ethanol, especially in densely populated areas such as Minneapolis.

Janet Moore | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
April 4, 2017
Business, Safety

Panelists Push for Better Crash Data, Technology at Truck Safety Hearing

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Improving truck crash data and monitoring of high­-risk carriers are among the key factors that will lead to improved heavy truck safety, a panel of trucking experts told a Senate Commerce subcommittee last week.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 20, 2017