National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman, joined by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., talks to the media before a hearing on pipeline safety. Hersman, a Roane County native, leads a board that advocates stronger pipeline safety measures.
Spencer native Deborah Hersman, left, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Cynthia Quarterman, the head of the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and Susan Fleming, director of physical infrastructure issues for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, testified last week at a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing.
Deborah Hersman has been on the scene of 16 major transportation accidents since she joined the National Transporation Safety Board.