Aug. 19, 2013


Contact: Cheryl M. Sparks, 410-537-1017


Statement from Maryland Transportation Authority on

National Transportation Safety Boards Initial Report

from Investigation of July 19 Bay Bridge Crash


Baltimore, MD The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) was notified today that the National Transportation Safety Boards Office of Highway Safety released their initial report for their investigation of the

July 19, 2013, accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  In response, Acting MDTA Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner offers the following statement:


"The NTSB has the full cooperation of the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) as investigators prepare their final report and recommendations related to the Bay Bridge crash on July 19.  NTSBs initial report issued today does not indicate any structural concerns for the barrier type used on the Bay Bridge and on interstate bridges across the country.

The MDTA Police investigation, conducted in coordination with Maryland State Police, is nearing completion.  The MDTA Police Collision Reconstruction Unit expects to release its report within the next two weeks.  At that time, they will provide the cause and sequence of the crash, along with any charges.

Safety does not take a vacation.  We urge all drivers to partner with us and to put safety first when traveling the Bay Bridge.  Motorists can be assured that the MDTA will persist in looking for ways to improve safety at all of its bridges, tunnels and highways."