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NTSB Finds Positive Train Control Would Have Prevented Amtrak Cascades 501 Crash

Last week, our blog discussed how positive train control (PTC) can prevent passenger train crashes. In December, Amtrak Cascades Train 501 derailed after going around a turn at almost 50 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. The crash resulted in three deaths and multiple injuries. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said PTC could have prevented Amtrak Cascades Train 501 from crashing. According to an NTSB…
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Can Positive Train Control Prevent Passenger Train Crashes?

December’s Amtrak crash in DuPont, Washington killed three people and caused multiple injuries. Investigators discovered the train was speeding through a curve at roughly 50 miles per hour over the posted speed limit when it derailed. Positive train control (PTC) is a technology that is designed to prevent train collisions, overspeed derailments, incursions into work zones and the movement of trains through track signals that were left in the wrong…
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Multiple Casualties Reported After Washington Amtrak Derailment

Multiple fatalities and injuries were reported after an Amtrak train derailed above an overpass in DuPont, Washington. According to Pierce County officials, Amtrak Train 501 was travelling along a new route when it derailed above an overpass on Interstate 5. Railcars fell off the overpass and crushed vehicles below. Photos taken by witnesses show additional railcars dangling above the interstate. Today was the first day trains were operating along the…
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Should SEPTA Monitor Train Operators?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a recommendation to SEPTA and the Federal Railroad Administration that calls for the installation of cameras on all rail-transit vehicles. According to the NTSB, inward and outward-facing cameras could help determine what crewmembers were doing in the moments before a train crash. The cameras recommended by the NTSB would be crash-resistant and able to record audio. Several train crashes have occurred over…
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Philadelphia Train Crash Injures More than 30 People

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the train crash that occurred last week just outside of Philadelphia. More than 30 of the 42 passengers on the commuter train suffered injuries. Four passengers were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. According to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the commuter train collided with a parked train car at the 69th Street Terminal Center in Upper Darby. A passenger…
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What Caused the Amtrak Derailment?

Earlier it was reported that the Philadelphia District Attorney would not be seeking charges against the engineer involved in the 2015 Amtrak Train No. 188 derailment. However, following that announcement, the Pennsylvania Attorney General stepped in and filed charges against the engineer for his role in causing the deadly Amtrak derailment. As we discussed in a prior blog post about the Amtrak Train No. 188 crash, the engineer, Brandon Bostian,…
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Will the Engineer in the Amtrak Train No. 188 Derailment Face Charges?

Update: The Pennsylvania Attorney General has stepped in and will be filing charges against the engineer in the deadly Amtrak Train No. 188 derailment. We will be updating our blog with more information as it becomes available. Recently, WPVI-TV reported on news regarding the 2015 Amtrak Train No. 188 crash that claimed the lives of eight people and left around 200 others injured. Reportedly, the Amtrak engineer who was speeding…
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Has NJ Transit Stepped Up Sleep Apnea Testing Since the Hoboken Train Crash?

WABC-TV recently featured a report updating the aftermath Hoboken train crash. Specifically, the news story focused on whether New Jersey Transit has been testing its train operators for sleep apnea more since the incident. This is due to the fact that following the Hoboken train wreck, the locomotive’s engineer was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. With that being the case, you would think that NJ Transit would screen its engineers…
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Is a Fatal Bus-Train Collision the Result of a Bus Driver’s Detour?

A fatal bus-train accident that happened earlier this month continues to make headlines as the findings from the investigation into what caused it come to light. Per WPMI-TV, the railroad crossing where the crash took place has a history of accidents due to design defects. And now, information has surfaced that the bus driver failed to follow the route he was given. Reportedly, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reviewed…
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Is Operator Error to Blame for the Long Island Train Derailment?

Just as 2017 kicked off, there was yet another railroad accident. This time, a Long Island Rail Road train crashed into a bumping block in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal. The Long Island train derailment happened as the locomotive was pulling into the terminal. Per a CBS New York report, after the train hit the bumping block, it did not stop. Instead, it went over the bumping block, destroying it in the…
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