StoryCorps 421: Beautiful Symmetry

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jeff Wilson sits down with his former high school classmate Tammie Baird to talk about accidentally hitting her with his car in 1984. Also in this episode, remembering Susan Silverstone Darer.



StoryCorps 410: Standing with a Giant

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In his early 20s, Max Starkloff was in a near fatal car accident, which left him quadriplegic and living in a nursing home. One day he came across a young woman who worked there, named Colleen. At StoryCorps in St. Louis, Colleen Kelly Starkloff sat down with her daughter, Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein, to remember him.



StoryCorps 408: How We Roll

Monday, January 12, 2015

In July 2014, Raphael Hameed was walking with his 5-year-old son, Ish, when they were hit by a speeding car. Raphael lost his leg. Ish, his only son, was killed. While the driver is awaiting trial for vehicular homicide, her sister, Megiddëh Goldston, is trying to do right by the Hameed family. They connected after the accident. And now she visits Raphael and his wife, Heidi, to help with their day-to day-life. They sat down for StoryCorps in Colorado Springs.


Transportation Nation

Ray Kelly: We Investigate Accidents In Case of Serious Injury or Death

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly (photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Police commissioner Ray Kelly Tuesday affirmed the NYPD's policy about how -- and under what circumstances -- the police department bike and pedestrian crashes.  Transportation Nation first reported  on this back in April.

Kelly was at One Police Plaza Tuesday for the department's annual Medal Day ceremony. In the Q&A afterwards, he was asked by a reporter about this issue. The question came a day after a lawsuit was filed accusing the department of failing to thoroughly investigate when pedestrians and cyclists are struck by cars.

You can read the exchange, or listen to the audio below.

Q: Do you want to respond to transportation advocates who are questioning whether the department investigates deaths (and) injuries of bicyclists who are not likely to die?

Kelly: What is the question? I'm not..what is the question? 

Q:  The transportation advocates are saying the department doesn't investigate deaths...(Kelly: deaths?) involving bicyclists unless the bicyclists are likely to die. Is that something that you -

Kelly: We have a policy for accidents. We don’t have a different policy for bike accidents or accidents involving bicycles. We have -- if people are seriously injured, our accident investigation squad does an investigation.

Q: So they would investigate all accidents involving bicyclists?

Kelly:  Involving serious injury or death.

Q: Serious injury or death?

Kelly: Yes.


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Transportation Nation

Study: Teen Driving Deaths Up After 8 Years of Decline

Thursday, February 16, 2012

(photo by Jesuspower via flickr)

More than 200 16- and 17-year old drivers died in the first half of 2011, the first increase after more than eight years of decline.

From the report by the Governors Highway Safety Association:

"The numbers of 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths in passenger vehicles in the United States were slightly higher for the first six months of 2011 than in the first six months of 2010, based on preliminary data supplied by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Deaths of 16-year-olds increased from 80 to 93 (16 percent). Deaths of 17-year-olds increased from 110 to 118 (7 percent). Overall, 16-and-17-year-old drivers deaths increased from 190 to 211 (11 percent ). Twenty-three states had increases in deaths of 16- and 17-year-olds, 19 had decreases, and there was no change in 8 states plus the District of Columbia. Most of the changes were small.

If this trend continued in the second half of 2011, it will mark a reversal of longstanding yearly declines in teen driver deaths, especially among 16-year-olds....Deaths reached historic lows in 2010: 158 deaths of 16-year-old drivers compared with 508 in pre-GDL 1995; and 250 17-year-old driver deaths compared with 507 in 1995. These are much larger decreases than occurred in other age groups."

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Two Dead in New Jersey Tour Bus Accident

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Two people are dead after a tour bus traveling from Manhattan to Philadelphia crashed Monday night on the New Jersey Turnpike. The crash comes just days after a tour bus crashed in the Bronx, killing 15 people.


Transportation Nation

Tour Bus Crash Kills 14 in New York [UPDATED]

Saturday, March 12, 2011

(New York -- Alex Goldmark, with AP) Officials say 14 people have died in a tour bus accident in the Bronx, New York.

A New York Fire Department spokesman said a tour bus overturned on the New England Thruway near the West Chester County line at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The World Wide tour bus skidded on its side into a sign post that sheered the roof off along the window line of the bus. (Photo) According to the New York Police department the cause of the accident is thought to be a tractor trailer that swerved towrd, or possibly hit, the tour bus.

The FDNY spokesman says the bus was carrying 31 to 33 passengers. He says in addition to the fatalities, six passengers were critically injured and four have been transported to hospitals.

The spokesman says 11 others sustained minor injuries.

Safety oversight on tour buses--and trucks--is sometimes difficult to execute and often inconsistently enforced according to The Center for Public Integrity's News21 report on tour bus safety. News21 cites the lack of a consistent federal system for enforcing safety regulations and the ease with which companies can skirt regulations by changing their names and re-incorporating as a new entity.

Family members needing more information regarding the accident can call 311 in New York City.

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FDNY on Collision Course With Insurers Over "Crash Tax"

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fire officials continued to defend the so-called "crash tax" proposal that would charge at-fault drivers up to $490 when emergency crews had to respond to traffic accidents as insurers fumed over the fee.



California Residents Return Home After Pipeline Explosion

Monday, September 13, 2010

Residents in San Bruno, California have been allowed to return home after a natural gas pipeline explosion and subsequent fire on Thursday that killed at least four people, injured 50 and destroyed at least 50 homes. California regulators are telling Pacific Gas and Electric to survey all of its natural gas lines in the state, in hopes of heading off another disaster.


The Takeaway

Should There Be a Safer Way to Text and Drive?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Why isn't there a better way to text while driving? That’s a question that Joel Johnson, editor at large of asked in a recent column.

So far, he’s received over 500 responses to his column, most of which suggest that people who text and drive should simply give it up, use the phone instead, or die behind the wheel because they deserve to. However, Johnson insists that, in a world where most people text and drive, his question is valid. If we can't stop it, why not make it safer?

What do you think? Should texting while driving be outlawed or be made safer?

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The Takeaway

The Risks and Payoffs of Dangerous Jobs

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The recent accidents in a West Virginia mine and a Gulf of Mexico oil rig have a lot of us focusing on dangerous jobs, and asking: what makes some careers so dangerous? And what drives some workers to risk their lives for their work?