Monday, June 27, 2011


Cell phone usage plays role in deadly accident, says NTSB

Final desperate seconds caught on film before Barge strikes the disabled DUKW
via BITTER END BLOG - is reporting:

“The deadliness of distraction” was at the heart of a collision last year between a “duck” tourboat and a sludge barge, according to an investigation conducted by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. The accident on July 7, 2010 on the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pa., left two passengers dead and 27 others injured.
The NTSB investigators say the mate operating the tug was distracted by repeated use of his cell phone and lap top. Further, rather than being in the upper wheel house as expected, the mate was navigating from its lower wheel house where visibility of the channel ahead was limited.
The complete post is here.

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