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The continuing partial federal government shutdown is having some additional impacts in unexpected ways.
The National Transportation Safety Board has reported that it has not only been unable to investigate 10 new vehicle crashes, seven plane crashes, and two fatal railroad crashes, but additionally a school bus—tractor-trailer crash that injured 15 people is still in an investigatory queue line.
NTSB was also expected to release a final investigation report sometime this spring or summer on the fatal Iowa school bus fire that occurred in December of 2017.
A media relations contact at NTSB is returning a canned bounce-back email message: “Thank you for your message. Due to the lapse in appropriations, I and the media relations staff have been furloughed. I am not checking or responding to email or voicemail during the shutdown.”
So if you need some help from the NTSB, it looks like you will be waiting for a while for an official reply.
However, accidents still can be reported to the NTSB Response Operations Center at 202-314-6290. Visit http://USA.gov for info on available government services.