National Transportation Safety Board
The fact that the NTSB has said that it will take a year and a half to issue a probable cause finding for the derailment and crash is outrageous, Sen. Richard Blumenthal told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.
The inspection on May 15 found an insulated rail joint with inadequate supporting ballast and indications of vertical movement of the track system, the NTSB said.
The wrecked Metro-North trains from the accident last week that left dozens of people injured were set to be removed from the tracks in Connecticut Sunday.
Investigators have begun their probe — and have not ruled out foul play — following the derailment and collision of two crowded Metro-North trains in Connecticut.
The National Transportation Safety Board said states should shrink the standard from the current .08 blood-alcohol content to .05 as part of a series of recommendations aimed at reducing alcohol-related highway deaths.
The ferry was carrying 326 passengers from Atlantic Highlands, N.J. before it crashed into Pier 11 on Jan. 9, injuring 85 people.
An underwater survey of the vessel revealed damage to the port propeller and a more complete hull survey will be conducted when the vessel is hauled from the water for repairs, the NTSB said.
The Seastreak ferry service was set to resume regular service Monday, five days after one of its boats crashed into a Lower Manhattan Pier – leaving some 74 people injured.
“Right now we’re just trying to collect, gather the factual information and the perishable evidence that can go away with the passage of time,” NTSB’s Robert L. Sumwalt said. “We will be going over that boat with a fine tooth comb.”
Investigators believed Wednesday evening that mechanical failure caused the crash involving the Seastreak Wall Street catamaran.
The Seastreak Wall Street ferry that crashed in Lower Manhattan Wednesday has had a few minor incidents in recent years.
Experts said the air was safe to breathe again Monday afternoon at the site of a train derailment in South Jersey.
Officials said Saturday that there may have been a problem with a signal at a South Jersey bridge just before a trail derailed there, spewing a hazardous chemical into the air that sickened dozens of people.
Ophadell Williams was driving a tour bus on a return trip to Chinatown from a Connecticut casino when the bus overturned and slammed into a pole on Interstate 95 in March, 2011.
In day two of testimony, Sonia Barlow of Old Saybrook told the court she and her husband observed the World Wide Tours bus swerving and straddling lanes.