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Foundation being set up for victims of gas explosions

Sep. 17, 2018 8:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A relief fund is being set up to help Massachusetts residents whose lives were disrupted Thursday by a series of natural gas fires and explosions. The announcement was made Monday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and leaders of the three affected communities. Baker wants to have the...

Official: Pressure sensors focus of gas explosions probe

Sep. 16, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The investigation into the Boston-area natural gas explosions is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday. NTSB Chairman...

Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

Sep. 15, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — There's no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional, a federal investigator said Saturday. As federal officials opened their investigation into Thursday's disaster, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt...

Husband and wife killed after plane crashes in Boston suburb

Sep. 15, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A small plane has crashed in a wooded area north of Boston, killing a couple on board. The single engine Columbia Aircraft LC41 crashed Saturday at around 11 a.m. in a residential neighborhood in Woburn. Officials identified the victims as 65-year-old Dr. Michael Graver and 52-year-old...

Everyone wants answers: State, feds hunt for gas blast cause

Sep. 14, 2018 9:57 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Investigators worked Friday to pinpoint the cause of a series of fiery natural gas explosions that killed a teen driver in his car just hours after he got his license, injured at least 25 others and left dozens of homes in smoldering ruins. Authorities said an estimated 8,000 people...

The Latest: NTSB investigators could be on scene for a week

Sep. 14, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local): 9:01 p.m. The National Transportation Safety Board said the team heading to Massachusetts to investigate a series of gas explosions blamed for one death and dozens of fires in three communities is expected to remain on...

An old problem: Aging pipelines lead to deadly explosions

Sep. 14, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

The natural gas pipeline in the United States is vast, sprawling across 2.5 million miles in a complex pressurized system that delivers a quarter of the energy consumed nationwide, according to the American Gas Association. Many of the pipes are old, and utilities are in various stages of replacing them to...

Agency seeks anti-lock brakes on all new US road motorcycles

Sep. 11, 2018 7:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal safety agency is recommending that all new motorcycles built for road use in the U.S. have anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control as standard equipment. The National Transportation Safety Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday to make the recommendations to the National Highway...

NTSB: Errors led to BNSF train killing 2 in South Dakota

Sep. 6, 2018 7:31 PM EDT

EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) — A series of human errors led to a BNSF Railway train striking and killing two railroad workers in South Dakota last year, federal investigators said Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board released its report Thursday on the Jan. 17, 2017, accident near Edgemont, in...

NTSB investigating report of engine failure on a Delta jet

Sep. 6, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

Safety investigators said Thursday that they are looking into a reported engine breakdown on a Delta Air Lines jet shortly after takeoff. The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it was investigating a reported "uncontained" engine failure on Wednesday night's Delta Flight 1418 from Atlanta to...