NTSB Meeting Dec. 11 on Wrong-Way Driving Special Report

These are among the most serious collisions to occur on U.S. highways, according to the agency. A June 2011 railroad grade-crossing accident in Nevada also is on the agenda.

The first item on the agenda of a Dec. 11 National Transportation Safety Board meeting is consideration of a special investigative report on wrong-way driving, which is among the most serious types of highway accidents, according to the agency. The meeting also includes a final report on a June 24, 2011, crash of a commercial truck into an Amtrak train in Miriam, Nev.

The special report examines collisions involving vehicles traveling the wrong way on high-speed divided highways and recommendations to prevent them. It will discuss these areas:

  • Wrong-way collisions: Defines the problem, examines the NTSB history with these types of collisions, and surveys data and research on wrong-way driving collisions.
  • NTSB investigations: Summarizes nine NTSB wrong-way collision investigations.
  • Characterization of wrong-way driving: Considers the components of wrong-way collisions and uses data, research, and NTSB investigative work to summarize this type of collisions.
  • Countermeasures: Provides recommendations to address wrong-way collisions.

The Amtrak accident occurred at a grade crossing. The truck driver, train conductor, and four train passengers died as a result, and 15 train passengers and one crew member were injured.

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