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Question: When does the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) get involved with crashes?
Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol notifies the NTSB on the following types of crashes.
- School bus injuries or death to student passengers.
- Public or charter bus crashes resulting in death or injury to occupants.
- Railway crossing crashes resulting in two or more deaths, or involving a commercial motor vehicle.
- Heavy truck crashes resulting in two or more deaths.
- Crashes resulting in five or more deaths.
The NTSB will then determine if they are going to send a team to investigate. NTSB investigators employ procedures similar to those utilized by law enforcement. NTSB safety investigations, while concurrent, are also independent of law enforcement investigations.

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