Tampa family members relieved loved one safe after Amtrak crash
Tampa family members relieved loved one safe after Amtrak crash
Locked track switch cause of fatal US train crash
06 February, 2018, 15:03
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were in Cayce, South Carolina, where Amtrak Train 91, carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members to Miami from NY, hit the CSX Corpfreight train at about 3.30pm Singapore time and derailed near the state capital Columbia.
Investigators are trying to determine what caused a deadly South CarolinaAmtrak crash that killed two crew members and injured more than 100 people early Sunday morning.
Federal investigators are in SC working to determine a definitive cause of the wreck, but have zeroed in on a track shifting switch that wasn't properly aligned.That mistakenly took the Amtrak off the main rail line and off to a side track, where it struck the parked CSX locomotive.
Only about a quarter of USA railroad tracks that carry passenger trains have an anti-crash system that safety officials say could have prevented a fatal weekend crash, even though a year-end deadline to finish installing it is just months away.
Anderson said the accident would have been prevented by positive train control, or PTC, a system created to prevent derailments caused by excessive speed.
An Amtrak train, bottom right, and a CSX freight train, top left, crashed in Cayce, South Carolina on February 4, 2018. "They have given these people so many extensions".
However, passengers like Comerico said they received little medical assistance and were quickly shipped off into buses.
This is the second fatal Amtrak crash in a week and the third in the last few months. when an Amtrak train crashed there. Authorities say 116 of the other 147 passengers and crew on board the train were taken to hospitals.
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"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.
And on December 18, an Amtrak train ran off the rails along a curve during its inaugural run on a route south of Tacoma, Washington, killing three people and injuring dozens.
Sumwalt said the train's engineer applied the emergency brakes just before the crash.
"I will say, that an engineer, part of his duties, is as they're going down the track, is to look at the switch points, to see which way this is lined", Sumwalt said.
"Any time you have anything that happens like that, you expect more fatalities". On the other hand, the CSX train was parked on the side track when the Amtrak crashed towards it at 59 miles per hour approximately. He hit a auto so hard the thing exploded, and part of the vehicle was underneath the train.
"I'm confident that our investigators will be able to piece this back together", Sumwalt said.
Positive train control is in place in the Northeast, but railroads that operate tracks used by Amtrak elsewhere in the USA have won repeated extensions from the government. Under signal suspension rules, the track speed is 59 miles per hour.
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Lexington Medical Center said they had received 27 patients, all with minor injuries, and they are all being discharged. Officials also say roughly 5,000 gallons of fuel had spilled as a result of the crash , it is now being cleaned up.
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