March 19, 2014

Contact: Cheryl M. Sparks


Statement from Maryland Transportation Authority on
National Transportation Safety Boards Final Report
from Investigation of July 19, 2013, Bay Bridge Crash

Baltimore, MD The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) was notified today that the National Transportation Safety Boards (NTSB) Office of Highway Safety released its final report for the investigation of the July 19, 2013, crash on the Bay Bridge (US 50/301).  In response, MDTA Executive Director Bruce W. Gartner offers the following statement:

"The MDTA appreciates the thorough investigation of the July 19, 2013, crash conducted by the NTSB.  We also thank Senator Barbara Mikulski, whose interest in the crash demonstrated her concern for motorists safety.

Similar to the MDTA Police and Maryland State Police joint investigation, NTSBs final report attributes the cause of the crash to driver inattention on the part of the commercial-vehicle operator. The NTSBs report underscores the immense responsibility of each and every driver when traveling the Bay Bridge. Please keep your eyes on the road, dont tailgate and put your cell phones away. In turn, motorists can be assured that the MDTA places their safety first at all of its bridges, tunnels and highways. Just last month we outlined $500,000 in safety upgrades for the Bay Bridge, including requiring vehicles to use their headlights at all times on the bridge."