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Leaders of company linked to N.H. truck crash that killed 7 indicted on federal charges in Mass.
In the months before a troubled truck driver allegedly plowed into a motorcycle procession of Marine veterans in New Hampshire, killing seven people in June 2019, his bosses at a Massachusetts trucking company were breaking federal safety rules, then falsifying records to conceal the violations, according to US prosecutors.
Federal transportation board releases investigation into N.H. crash that killed 7 motorcyclists
The National Transportation Safety Board delivered a blistering critique of the country’s trucking regulator and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, saying egregious failures within these agencies set the stage for a fiery June 2019 crash that killed seven people in New Hampshire.
Markey calls out trucking regulator for ‘dereliction of responsibility,' demands reform
Senator Edward J. Markey issued a scathing letter to the federal agency that oversees the trucking industry, citing its “dereliction of responsibility” and demanding that it address widespread safety failures exposed in a recent Globe investigation.
With dangerous truckers, most states fail to act quickly on warnings
More than half of all states consistently break federal rules that mandate they quickly warn each other about troubled truck drivers, many of whom should be immediately pulled from the road, records show.
In Massachusetts, a tragic history of failed attempts to get dangerous drivers off the road
“It’s incompetence. That’s what gets you hitting your head against the wall,” said Kay Dudley, a former chairwoman of the Massachusetts chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver in 1984.
Nine key takeaways from the Globe’s ‘Blind Spot’ investigation
The Globe uncovered the hidden dangers on America’s roads, and how the government fails to protect drivers.
We shared our findings with state agencies. Suspensions, investigations, and reviews soon followed
At least four motor vehicle agencies and court systems launched investigations into their failure to flag thousands of dangerous drivers.
‘Morally do I feel responsible… Yes.’ The full conversation with Stephanie Pollack
Read what the Department of Transportation Secretary said about safety issues on our roads, and why we don’t have a fully electronic system to keep track of problem drivers.
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