Investigators are Piecing Together Details of Deadly Amtrak Train Crash

NE Ohio safety expert: Amtrak needs to improve safety

It was Amtrak Train 91 traveling between NY and Miami and it struck a CSX freight train early in the morning near Cayce, South Carolina.

A federal investigation is underway after an Amtrak train and a freight train collided, killing two people and injuring dozens more.

An Amtrak train inadvertently diverted to a side track traveled for 659 feet before colliding head-on Sunday with a freight train at 50 miles per hour in SC, federal officials said Monday.

Moreover, authorities say the crash could have been prevented with a GPS-based system called "positive train control", which knows the location of all trains and the positions of all switches in an area and is created to prevent two trains from traveling on the same track at the same time. The TSB highlighted the need for fail-safe technology in 2012, after two Via Rail crew members died when their passenger train entered a crossover at more than four times the speed limit, derailed and crashed into a building in Burlington, Ont.

"Seven seconds before the end of the recording, the train horn was activated for three seconds". More than a hundred people were injured.

In an afternoon briefing Monday, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt took reporters through the final seconds that the data recorders-which were found undamaged at the crash site-were able to provide.

On Jan. 6, 2005, a Norfolk Southern Railway Company freight train came to an improperly lined switch in Graniteville around 2:39 a.m.

Six passengers remain hospitalized, two of them in critical condition.




Anderson said in an email to staff late Sunday viewed by Reuters that the Amtrak train was "on the track as dispatched by CSX, the host railroad".

CSX in its own statement offered condolences to the families of the two Amtrak employees who were killed in the crash.

Federal investigators are trying to figure out why a switch was in the wrong position sending an Amtrak train slamming into a freight train, killing a conductor and an engineer in SC. A preliminary report will be released in several weeks after the investigators return to headquarters in Washington, D.C., the NTSB said.

"It was chaos", Neblett said, describing what his mother told him as he left an American Red Cross shelter where his mother's purple suitcase had been sent. Speed-control equipment should prevent accidents from engineers going too fast.

"We want to understand why that was the case", Sumwalt said. It collided with a CSX train that was stopped on the tracks.

"Any time you have anything that happens like that, you expect more fatalities".

Their Amtrak train was diverted to a side track and slammed head-on into an empty freight train, authorities said.

Missouri had three fatalities at grade crossings last year, which Hull said was a good year for the organization, but a number that he'd hope could be zero.

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