Government Shutdown Takes Toll On Safety

The ability to prevent a catastrophic freight accident took a serious hit during the 35-day partial government shutdown as agencies in Washington, D.C. tasked with regulating safety struggled to operate with limited personnel.

President Trump announced today he would reopen the government for three weeks, until February 15, under a continuing resolution until Congress can agree to budget deal. But because of the record duration of the shutdown, which affected 25% of the government, much of the damage caused will continue even after a long-term deal is reached.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), tasked with investigating road, rail, marine, and airline accidents, drastically curtailed on-site investigations as a result of the shutdown 87 accidents and counting, according to CNN report this week. Accidents not being investigated included a tractor trailer-school bus collision in ....

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