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Board Meeting : Selective Issues in School Bus Transportation Safety: Crashes in Baltimore, MD, and Chattanooga, TN
Washington, DC
5/22/2018 9:30 AM

The National Transportation Safety Board has scheduled a board meeting for  May 22, 2018, to consider the Special Investigation Report based on the investigation of two 2016 school bus crashes.

The Special Investigation Report examines selective issues in school bus transportation safety discovered during the NTSB’s investigation of the Nov. 1, 2016, crash involving a Baltimore City school bus and a Maryland Transit Administration bus, and, the Nov. 21, 2016, crash of a Hamilton County school bus in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The two crashes injured 37 people and killed 12, including six Woodmore Elementary School students aboard the Hamilton County school bus.

The NTSB’s Special Investigation Report will detail the probable cause for each accident, but by combining the investigations of two crashes with student transportation safety issues, the NTSB is able to focus on selective issues found in both crashes, which allows the agency to highlight where recommendations are needed to continue to improve school bus transportation safety.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the NTSB’s Boardroom and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington. A link to a live webcast of the meeting will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at​ ​​​


Report: SIR1802.pdf


Opening Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, MD Crash Overview - Jennifer Morrison, Investigator-In-Charge

School Bus Driver Fitness for Duty - Mary Pat McKay, MD

School Bus Driver Licensing - Rafael Marshall, PhD

Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga, TN Crash Overview - Robert Accetta, Investigator-In-Charge

School Bus Driver Performance - Kenny Bragg

School Bus Safety and Oversight

Baltimore, MD School Bus Operator Oversight - Mike Fox

Chattanooga, TN School Bus Operator Oversight - Shawn Currie

Large School Bus Occupant Protection - Thomas Barth, Ph.D.

Crash Prevention Technologies - David Pereira

Event Data Recorders - Jane Foster


Closing Statement - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt



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